Definition of backbencher in English:


Line breaks: back|bench¦er
Pronunciation: /bakˈbɛntʃə(r)


(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.

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