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n.1.any of the front seats in the House of Commons of Great Britain that are reserved for ministers or ex-ministers.
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New Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg yesterday unveiled senior members of his frontbench team, giving the high-profile home affairs brief to defeated leadership rival Chris Huhne and confirming that Vince Cable will remain deputy leader and economic spokesman.
But the Lib Dem leader, who on Thursday admitted having a drink problem and called a leadership contest, faces a threat of a mass frontbench resignation unless he stands down.
A KEY member of David Cameron's inner circle was today appointed to his first frontbench post, just seven months after being elected to Parliament.
Boris Johnson was last night promoted to the Tory frontbench, and immediately announced he was quitting as editor of The Spectator.
Her decision to strip Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas of his Plaid frontbench duties represents a gamble that, by asserting her authority against an outspoken member who does not always toe the party line, shows the party as a united ship going into a crucial European election.
Boris's first marriage broke up because of his cheating and he was sacked from the Tory frontbench for lying about his affair with writer Petronella Wyatt.
Mr Mercer confirmed he was also involved, but insisted it was not a penance for the racism row that saw him sacked from the frontbench.
Up to six unnamed frontbench MPs are reported to have urged 46-year-old Mr Kennedy to step down in private face-to-face meetings.
He was rehabilitated after being invited back onto the frontbench by Mr Duncan Smith, the man he is certain to replace.
THE renegade MP who resigned from the Tory frontbench on polling night calling for Ian Duncan Smith to be ousted was celebrating today after being unanimously reselected as a candidate for the next General Election.
That is as it should be" Labour MP Tom Harris "Age should be no barrier to having adventures provided you are careful and don't try and run up and down Everest, or try and swim the Channel every afternoon" TV globetrotter Michael Palin, 70, pictured "I have long despaired of the downward spiral of Labour's rhetoric on immigration" Labour MP Diane Abbott, who has been fired from her post of frontbench public health spokesman in Parliament "An immigrant is just someone who used to be somewhere else" Comedian Russell Brand states a self-evident truth "Just because I am critical of the Coalition doesn't mean I am anti-English.
A frontbench Conservative MP has been "severely reprimanded" by the party's Chief Whip as the internal row over grammar schools raged on.