backbench backbench

Definition(s):

  • (n) any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commons

Usage(s):

  • The claims The most senior of the Tory backbench MPs claimed $8,600 over nine months for the maintenance of his garden.

News

  • Cowen faces more unease from within Fianna Fail

    Brian Cowen will have to face down another potential heave from his backbenches, this time over the issue of a directly-elected mayor of Dublin City.
    on June 29, 2013     Source: Irish Central

Quotes

  1. "I am not going to run a commentary on Tony Abbott, lots of people ran commentaries on me when I was leader but I'm going to be more measured in my backbench remarks," Mr Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.
    on Dec 2, 2009 By: Malcolm Turnbull Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "But at the end of this, I'm a backbench opposition member," Mr. McTeague said. "The prime minister has the resources and the capabilities to do far more than I can in this case. I'm really encouraging him to sit down and at least speak to...
    on Nov 14, 2008 By: Dan McTeague Source: Globe and Mail

  3. "Chris Pearce can say whatever he likes from the Opposition backbench and try and garnish votes, but what it shows is he's a dope in terms of responsibility," Mr Melham said.
    on Jun 18, 2008 By: Daryl Melham Source: Melbourne Herald Sun

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