Word forms: plural front benches
countable noun [with singular or plural verb]
In Britain, the front bench or people who sit on the front bench are members of Parliament who are ministers in the Government or who hold official positions in an opposition party.
⇒ Some of the Government front bench still believe our relationship with the U.S. is
⇒ Both men had argued that their trips had been undertaken in their capacity as front
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