ENDA Kenny has insisted he will re-shuffle his Cabinet in the second half of next year - and will promote from the backbenches
I am sure that if the Labour candidate had got elected and a similar train of events had taken place that we would not have heard a peep form Labour's motley crew of backbench usual suspects who are occasionally, when not cluttering up the Westminster backbenches
, found loitering here in Gwent.
I WISH to use the backbenches
to speak out in areas of personal interest: open government and the surveillance state, the digital economy, drones and the future of conflict, the child abuse inquiries, the aftermath of the Murdoch scandal and grass roots responses to austerity.
Louise and Tom have returned to the backbenches
and the business of chucking stuff at each other, and generally making a spectacle of themselves, while the billionaire family gets on with building the $40bn (pounds 25bn) business it has built from scratch.
Dr Fox's departure will be greeted with fury by many on the Tory backbenches
, who have made clear they were looking to David Cameron to protect him against allegations which some see as largely irrelevant to his ability to do his job.
Instead it came from the Government's own backbenches
Instead, he will use the "freedom" of the backbenches
to stand up for Coventry as the coalition government sets about its aggressive pounds 113bn deficit reduction plan.
What's more, leaving Ms Hart on the backbenches
would be perhaps the most suicidal act the new leader could commit.
It does not say very much about the calibre of Labour MPs if Gordon Brown is unable to find suitable ministers from the elected backbenches
and has to surround himself with unelected lords.
Supporters of Mr Darling insisted there was no mood on the Labour backbenches
for a change at the Treasury and they warned against a humiliating demotion for the Chancellor.
The circumstances of her leaving have now become clear, after she told the Prime Minister at Easter that she wished to return to the backbenches
And there were rumblings of discontent on the Labour backbenches
, with one former minister urging Mr Prescott to consider his position.