Definition of 'backbench'
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The coalition government won the vote to treble fees to 9,000 a year despite three junior ministerial resignations and a backbench rebellion. Times, Sunday Times (2010)MINISTERS yesterday survived a backbench rebellion over controversial planning changes - but only after a major climbdown. The Sun (2013)The Conservative backbench 1922 committee pilloried her for it. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The Foreign Secretary confirmed the move in a bid to head off a growing backbench rebellion. The Sun (2013)But instead, it is likely to provoke a backbench rebellion in the Commons. Times, Sunday Times (2011)They exhibit a discomfort with science that is shared by most junior ministers, backbench MPs and officials. Times, Sunday Times (2008)
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