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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In Westminster parliamentary systems, a backbencher is a Member of Parliament (MP) or a legislator who does not hold governmental office and is not a Front Bench spokesperson in the Opposition. A backbencher may be a new parliamentary member yet to receive high office, a senior figure dropped from government, or someone who for whatever reason is
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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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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. ==Premise== The series features the trials of Nellie Gordon, a single mother paramedic who was elected against popular expectations in a federal by-election as the Member
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