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backbenches

(ˌbækˈbɛntʃɪz)
pl n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) seats in the British and some other Parliaments where MPs who are not office-holders in the governing or opposition parties sit
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the MPs collectively who are not office-holders and therefore sit on the backbenches
Translations

backbenches

[ˌbækˈbentʃəz] NPL (Brit) (Parl) escaños de los diputados sin cargo oficial en el gobierno o la oposición
the Tory backbencheslos diputados conservadores sin cargo oficial

backbenches

[ˌbækˈbɛntʃɪz] (British) npl
(= seats) → bancs mpl des députés de base
(= MPs) → députés mpl membres du parlement sans portefeuille
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Mrs May later said she will give Mr Johnson her "full support" from the backbenches.
Opening PMQs, Mrs May told MPs she will continue with her duties from the backbenches and faced several questions about advising her successor, Boris Johnson.
Mr Hammond insisted he would use the Commons backbenches to "vigorously" battle any attempt at withdrawing from the EU without a deal.
He said the language was born of frustration: "The problem is that there is a lot of frustration on the backbenches at the moment, both among leavers and remainers, at the general state of play.
He branded Mr Corbyn's opposition "juvenile" and "narcissistic" and said shadow cabinet members who voted against Trident should resign and return to the backbenches because they would be voting against Labour Party policy.
ENDA Kenny has insisted he will re-shuffle his Cabinet in the second half of next year - and will promote from the backbenches.
"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.
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.
What's more, leaving Ms Hart on the backbenches would be perhaps the most suicidal act the new leader could commit.
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.