(In the UK) a Member of Parliament who does not hold office in the government or opposition and who sits behind the front benches in the House of Commons: he was cheered by Tory backbenchers
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- Many Liberal backbenchers and opposition members were completely unaware of the negotiations.
- He had lost some right-wing ministers and alienated many backbenchers and supporters outside Parliament.
- The parliament's backbenchers did, however, force Executive ministers to change the law so two questions on religion could be included.
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- As the system now works, most Canadians elect a backbench member of Parliament, not a cabinet minister.
- After standing down from the cabinet she remained a backbench MSP representing Paisley North.
- We meet him in his Opposition backbench office in Parliament House.
Definition of backbencher in:
- The US English dictionary