frontbencher frontbencher

Definition(s):

  • (n) a member of the House of Commons who is a minister in the government or who holds an official position in an opposition party

Usage(s):

  1. When James Callaghan rose in the House of Commons two weeks ago after announcing that Britain had devalued the pound, a Tory frontbencher shouted: "The Chancellor is an honor able .
  2. If a Labor frontbencher is interviewed on Perth radio, there's a good chance that within a few hours the relevant minister will be responding to the remarks; if a prominent .
  3. Protested Shirley Williams, longtime Labor frontbencher and dissident leader: "The party I loved and worked for over so many years no longer exists.

Quotes

  1. "As you know the former treasurer (Peter Costello) and (frontbencher) Malcolm Turnbull have quite strongly supported the need for an apology, and it's important that the Liberal party be prepared to follow that kind of lead," Mr Fraser told ABC...
    on Jan 30, 2008 By: Malcolm Fraser Source: NEWS.com.au

  2. "I had an hour and a half meeting with Francis Maude, who was the chair of the party, and another frontbencher, and we had a detailed conversation about me being their candidate for Mayor," Paddick explains.
    on Feb 11, 2008 By: Brian Paddick Source: PinkNews.co.uk

  3. "I have been a Coalition frontbencher for 15 1/2 years and throughout that time I have always respected and supported cabinet and shadow cabinet decisions," Senator Minchin said.
    on Nov 15, 2009 By: Nick Minchin Source: The Australian

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