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(politics) A Member of Parliament who does not have cabinet rank, and who therefore sits on one of the backbenches or in one of the back rows of the legislature.
Afterward, despite been offered various minor unpaid posts in the Government, he preferred to remain a backbencher.
As soon as Brown openly encourages a backbencher to come forward, Blair's supporters will come out and strike.
A senior backbencher said, " I dread to think of some of the scenes they will capture.
Such a complaint was made by Lib Dem backbencher Evan Harris on the Today program this morning.
It quickly turned the MP for West Bromwich East, a hitherto unfamiliar backbencher, into something of a new media star.
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