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Ministers maintain that backbenchers need not concern themselves with such prodigiously boring work. Times, Sunday Times (2017) Conservative backbenchers have rebelled against plans to cut employment and support allowance payments by 29 a week from April. Times, Sunday Times (2016) Conservative backbenchers will also have to approve any deal and some will oppose any further power sharing. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Tell that to the government backbenchers who howl at him. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The plot collapsed in the absence of significant backing from other senior backbenchers. Times, Sunday Times (2010) Ministers and backbenchers have concluded that the game is up and if they go on thinking that way it probably will be. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But they could also help to appease Conservative backbenchers. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The backbencher says not from our side, though. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But any attempt needs to involve much more than party leaders since backbenchers in both Houses can easily block reform plans. Times, Sunday Times (2006)A new Speaker should get backbenchers and party leaders together to discuss how to make it work. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But military top brass as well as his own senior backbenchers warned he risked failure if Britain cuts and runs from the tough battle early. The Sun (2010)The shenanigans provoked uproar as the nation began to lose patience with the third party 's dithering backbenchers in the face of an economic crisis. The Sun (2010)Furious Conservative backbenchers rounded on ministers for penalising hard-up households. The Sun (2014)It began, as is the custom, with two speeches by government backbenchers. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Naturally the most ambitious junior ministers and backbenchers are also creeping up to Downing Street. The Sun (2013)It is difficult not sympathise with the Chancellor who is under a lot of pressure from Conservative backbenchers. Times, Sunday Times (2013)And tonight party backbenchers and Peers will decide if it is time to kill off the battered Premier once and for all. The Sun (2009)A senior Conservative backbencher agreed. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The PM told ministers to force backbenchers into line ahead of a key vote on the issue next Monday. The Sun (2008)One of the reasons for my great success as Speaker is the way I have empowered backbenchers and the opposition. Times, Sunday Times (2012)THE Government is set to lose support in its heartlands because of its failure to help the poor, a senior backbencher has warned. The Sun (2010)
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