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front bench

n.
The first bench on either side of the aisle in a parliament, reserved for ministers and leaders of the principal political parties.

front′-bench′er (-bĕnch′ər) n.

front bench

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. the foremost bench of either the Government or Opposition in the House of Commons
b. the leadership (frontbenchers) of either group, who occupy this bench
c. (as modifier): a front-bench decision.
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the leadership of the government or opposition in various legislative assemblies
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.front bench - any of the front seats in the House of Commons that are reserved for ministers or former ministers
seat - any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit); "he dusted off the seat before sitting down"
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
Translations

front bench

n (Brit) (Pol) the front bench (government ministers) → i ministri pl; (opposition leaders) i principali esponenti dell'opposizione
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Miss Dearborn commonly went home with a headache, and never left her bed during the rest of the afternoon or evening; and the casual female parent who attended the exercises sat on a front bench with beads of cold sweat on her forehead, listening to the all-too-familiar halts and stammers.
Durham MPs Roberta Blackman-Woods and Laura Pidcock have been given new roles as the Labour leader looks to shake up his front bench.
JEREMY Corbyn brought back a string of MPs who had resigned on to his front bench last night amid a reshuffle.
Ms Wood recently shook up her front bench, making him the party's spokesman for economy and infrastructure.
NORTH East Labour MPs have taken key roles in Jeremy Corbyn's front bench team following a summer of splits within the party.
A series of senior MPs who quit in protest at Mr Corbyn's leadership have returned to the fold, although the leader's office appeared unaware that one of the so-called rebels had never actually resigned from the front bench in the first place.
Explaining her decision to return to the front bench, Ms Blackman-Woods said: "I decided that we have had the election that Jeremy won comprehensively, and the best thing Labour MPs could do was to get behind him and be the most effective opposition that we can.
In a move clearly intended to overshadow the resignations of two whips after the controversial sacking of chief whip Rosie Winterton, Mr Corbyn noted the number of people returning to the fold in his shake-up of Labour's front bench.
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis has called on Opposition Leader Steven Marshall to come clean on exactly what he knew about the offer of a plumb Liberal-held seat and a front bench portfolio to Singapore real estate tycoon Grant Kelley.
MIDDLESBROUGH MP Andy McDonald has been given a seat on Labour's front bench following Jeremy Corbyn's latest reshuffle.
DELYN MP David Hanson has resigned from Labour's front bench after being appointed to chair debates in Westminster Hall.
THE woman who behind the first "people's question" as part of Jeremy Corbyn's new-look PMQs said the Tory front bench looked like "bunnies for the pot".