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

  • In Parliament, a backbencher called for martial law and general mobilization, and blustered that Africa was about to see "its first race of really angry white men.
  • Challenged by a Tory backbencher to bring the unions under control, Callaghan could only ask plaintively, "What action can I take?" The Conservatives, led by shadow Prime .
  • EWT GINGRICH ARRIVED IN WASHINGTON WITHOUT A HINT OF backbencher's humility.
Quotes

  • Malcolm Turnbull in The Canberra Times
    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."
  • Peter Costello in Sydney Morning Herald
    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...
  • Nick Clegg in guardian.co.uk
    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."

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