backbencher

backbencher
   A member of the House of Commons (or some other legislative body such as the Scottish Parliament) who does not hold office in government or serve as a major opposition spokesperson. He or she may be a new Member of Parliament (MP) yet to attain high office, a senior figure dropped from government, or someone who has chosen not to undertake responsibility for some particular aspect of policy. At Westminster, these MPs literally sit on the back benches.

Glossary of UK Government and Politics . 2013.

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  • backbencher — ackbencher (b[a^]k b[e^]nch*[ e]r), n. a member of the House of Commons of Great Britain who is not a party leader. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • backbencher — 1874 in the House of Commons sense, from BACK (Cf. back) (adj.) + BENCH (Cf. bench), occupants of the rear seats being the least prominent politicians …   Etymology dictionary

  • backbencher — [bak′ben′chər] n. a legislator, esp. in the British House of Commons, who is not a leader in his or her party …   English World dictionary

  • Backbencher — For other meanings, see Backbench A backbencher is a Member of Parliament (MP) or a legislator who does not hold governmental office and is not a Front Bench spokesperson in the Opposition. A backbencher may be a new parliamentary member yet to… …   Wikipedia

  • backbencher — [[t]bæ̱kbe̱ntʃə(r)[/t]] backbenchers N COUNT A backbencher is a Member of Parliament who is not a minister and who does not hold an official position in their political party. [BRIT] ...a senior Conservative backbencher …   English dictionary

  • backbencher — UK [ˌbækˈbentʃə(r)] / US [ˌbækˈbentʃər] / US [ˈbækˌbentʃər] noun [countable] Word forms backbencher : singular backbencher plural backbenchers British an ordinary member of the British Parliament who does not have a senior position …   English dictionary

  • backbencher — noun see backbench …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • backbencher — /bak ben cheuhr, ben /, n. any of the members of a legislature, esp. of the House of Commons of Great Britain, but not including the leaders of the parties. [1905 10; BACK BENCH + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • backbencher — noun 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 …   Wiktionary

  • backbencher — back|bench|er [ˌbækˈbentʃə US ər] n BrE an ordinary British Member of Parliament who does not have an important official position …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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