A rank and file council member, as opposed to a member of a council's decision-making executive. Backbenchers vote on their local authority's policy framework and sit on scrutiny committees, as well as representing their constituents.
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- a member of the House of Commons of Great Britain who is not a party leader
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a member of the House of Commons who is not a party leader
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Backbencher is a Canadian radio drama on CBC Radio One. The series was created by Wendy Lill, and is primarily written by Lill, Ed Thomason and Dave Carley. It ran for two seasons (20 episodes) in 2010 and 2011. The series won a Bronze award in the Best Regularly Scheduled Drama Program (Entertainment)Category at the New York
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Members of Parliament on the government side who sit on the backbenches and are not in cabinet, or those similarly distant from shadow cabinet posts in opposition parties.
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In Westminster parliamentary systems, a backbencher is a Member of Parliament (MP) or a legislator who holds no governmental office and is not a frontbench spokesperson in the Opposition, being instead simply a member of the `rank and file`. The term dates from 1855. A backbencher may be a new parliamentary member yet to receive high office, a s..
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