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(ˈfrʌntˈbɛn tʃər)

a member of the British Parliament or a similar legislative body who is a party leader, cabinet minister, etc.
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Noun1.frontbencher - a member of the House of Commons who is a minister in the government or who holds an official position in an opposition party
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


[ˌfrʌntˈbɛntʃər] n (British) (= government minister) → ministre m (= shadow minister) → membre m du cabinet fantômefront benches npl (British)
seats le banc des ministres et celui des membres du cabinet fantôme
people → les chefs de file des partis politiquesfront crawl ncrawl mfront desk n (US) (in hotel, at doctor's)réception ffront door n [house] → porte f d'entrée; [car] → portière f avantfront-fastening bra nsoutien-gorge m qui s'agrafe devant
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|A LABOUR frontbencher has been fired for comparing the "bunker mentality" around Jeremy Corbyn's leadership to the "last days of Hitler".
Daniel Johnson's resignation as justice spokesman means beleaguered leader Richard Leonard yesterday lost a frontbencher from both wings of the party.
The former frontbencher, who represents Luton North, has had the whip withdrawn while an investigation into the claims is carried out.
LIB Dem frontbencher Tom Brake was right when he said political resignations are losing their impact.
In extraordinary scenes former frontbencher John Woodcock and Mr Corbyn's press spokesman rowed in front of the huddle of journalists gathered in Parliament's committee corridor.
FORMER Labour frontbencher Dan Jarvis has suggested he may not represent the party at the 2020 election if its policy is to scrap the Trident nuclear deterrent.
Arch moderniser, frontbencher Nick Boles, suggests that the Conservatives stand no chance of winning power at the next election because they are viewed by many as "aliens from another planet".
3 ( ANI ): Australia's Coalition frontbencher Christopher Pyne has said that the federal government is unravelling like Hitler's government in the 2004 movie Downfall, that depicts the final days of Hitler's reign.
The Labour frontbencher warned the plan would "corrupt university admissions with a two tier system - one for the best qualified applicants, another for those with access to fatter cheque books".
All parties backed the fresh probe - sparked by Labour frontbencher Chris Bryant, who said he believed many MPs from all sides of the Commons had been targeted.
The influential Home Affairs and Public Administration select committee said it would be holding its own probes after the Tory frontbencher had his parliamentary office raided in connection with Whitehall leaks.