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front bench

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a. the foremost bench of either the Government or Opposition in the House of Commons
b. the leadership (frontbenchers) of either group, who occupy this bench
c. (as modifier): a front-bench decision
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The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry were among the famous faces lined up for a role on the front benches, alongside the likes of Stephen Fry and presenter David Dimbleby.
Meanwhile, David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also reshuffled the Government front benches, but only one Cabinet post was affected.
Plans to bring the former Home Secretary back to the front benches may be on the backburner, but William Hill still make him 2-1 to return to the Cabinet.
Having served on Labour's front benches for 12 years in opposition he was elevated to Chief Whip following the electoral landslide which brought Tony Blair to power.
The shouting and intimidation between and within parties is one thing but, when visiting the full council meetings, I've always been perturbed to see the way, when a vote is taken, members on the front benches turn to see how everybody else is voting before putting their own hand up or not.
It is seen as the first stage of a campaign by Mr Kennedy to rehabilitate himself and return to the front benches as a senior party spokesman.