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backbencher

Brit, Austral, NZ a Member of Parliament who does not hold office in the government or opposition
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At least two cross-party groups of MPs are planning to table amendments to enable backbenchers to take control of the business of the House to delay or frustrate Theresa May's Brexit plans.
PKR leaders say Anwar is satisfied to play his role as a backbencher for now and focus on playing a check-and-balance role in parliament by looking at institutional reforms, including a review of the affirmative action policy, as well as improvements in government procurement and the anti-graft agency to make it an independent body.
Senior backbenchers want Miliband, who quit politics to run a charity in the US, back here as quickly as possible.
While the backbenchers are keenly aware that the proposed law changes are opposed by a powerful coalition of ethnic and religious groups, the issue has united leaders from Australia's indigenous, Chinese, Jewish, Armenian, Arab, Korean, Greek, Vietnamese and Sikh communities, all of them calling for the Abbott government's exposure draft to be scrapped, the report adds.
Around 70 Conservative backbenchers have signed a tweaked amendment to the immigration legislation, originally tabled by Nigel Mills MP, which calls on the Government to reinstate restrictions on migrants from Romania and Bulgaria working in Britain until the end of 2018.
Tory backbenchers fear that the Mills amendment will not be called after Theresa May tabled 50 amendments, some of a highly technical nature, to the immigration bill for debate on Thursday.
The other evolution in Parliament was the changing relationship between backbenchers and leaders.
Other backbenchers echoed his call for the Speaker to go..
is for BBQ: from B& Q for pounds 6.14, claimed by a female backbencher.
Hexham Tory Peter Atkinson retains wife Brione as a part-time office manager and executive secretary, while Blyth Valley Labour backbencher Ronnie Campbell pays his spouse Deirdre as a parttime case worker.
Backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg, who opposes Chequers and is tipped for a leadership bid, said: "The policy needs to change, not the person."
Backbencher Mark Field said if ministers failed to act, having raised the issue in public, they would simply fuel the disillusionment of voters who turned away from the party in Eastleigh.