Definition of backbencher in English:

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Pronunciation: /bakˈbɛntʃə/


(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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