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.

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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 —    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… …   Glossary of UK Government and Politics

  • 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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