backbencher backbencher


  • (n) a member of the House of Commons who is not a party leader


  1. The pathetic use of this strawman would be unworthy of the worst sort of GOP backbencher.
  2. Under pressure he reverted to the pompous thug of late-night cable, the backbencher lobbing grenades on C-SPAN about sick Democrats who were enemies of normal Americans.
  3. The tall, young Tory backbencher angrily waved an arm down toward his own government front bench.


  • The rise of Ron Wyden

    The one-time backbencher is now poised to take over the Senate's most powerful committee.
    on February 11, 2014     Source: Politico


  1. "Peter Costello is a backbencher, one with a distinguished record in economic management and his contributions are always welcome," Mr Turnbull said. "But the real issue today is Mr Rudd. Mr Rudd has a failed economic policy."
    on Mar 5, 2009 By: Malcolm Turnbull Source: The Canberra Times

  2. Mr Costello said that he was considering some options outside politics: "I've got a few things that I'm working on but my position as a backbencher is quite separate from any return to the leadership. I'll continue to serve my constituents and if I...
    on Sep 10, 2008 By: Peter Costello Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. But Clegg added: "But we need to keep him in the cabinet. As a backbencher, he'd be a pain in the arse, a voice for the left."
    on Jan 8, 2009 By: Nick Clegg Source:

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