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1. Chiefly British The rear benches in the House of Commons where junior members of Parliament sit behind government officeholders and their counterparts in the opposition party.
2. New members of Congress considered as a group.

back·bench′er n.


(Parliamentary Procedure) Brit and Austral and NZ a Member of Parliament who does not hold office in the government or opposition


(ˈbækˈbɛn tʃər, -ˌbɛn-)

a member of the British Parliament or a similar legislative body who is not a party leader.
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Noun1.backbencher - a member of the House of Commons who is not a party leader
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
legislator - someone who makes or enacts laws


[ˌbækˈbɛntʃər] (British, Australian) ndéputé m membre du parlement sans portefeuille
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Backbencher Andrew Percy said: "Many are doing exactly what the Government asked them to do, get up in the morning and go to work.
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According to Sydney Morning Herald, NSW backbencher David Coleman, who has a law degree, is understood to be drafting the alternative proposal.
Tory backbencher Andrew Bridgen said Britain had already donated PS600 million - more than the rest of the EU put together - and that admitting a few hundred people would make little difference to such a vast refugee crisis.
This has been tabled by the backbencher Stephen Phillips and is being supported by Labour.
A PROMINENT Labour backbencher has called for an overhaul of the Assembly's make up and number of Assembly Members - claiming the current system is "tribal" and doesn't allow backbenchers to do their jobs.
It would have to be taken up by a Tory backbencher to get the plan considered in Parliament, but opposition from Labour and the Lib Dems would prevent it making progress.
As the Conservative Party descended into civil war following their council election disaster, backbencher Nadine Dorries revealed the signatures of just 46 Tory MPs were needed to oust Cameron - and claimed that many were "already coming in".
HOUSE of Commons Speaker Michael Martin called the leaders of the political parties to an urgent meeting on MPs' expenses, as a motion of no confi- dence in him was tabled by a Conservative backbencher yesterday.
is for bread bin: bought for pounds 20 by a Labour backbencher in 2007.
One Fianna Fail backbencher described the poll figures as "a living nightmare", and warned the Cabinet must now take stock of the concerns of the public and their own TDs.
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.