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English definition of “backbencher”

backbencher

noun [C] (MP)    /ˌbækˈben.tʃər/ US  /-tʃɚ/
a member of the UK parliament who does not have any official position in the government or in one of the opposing parties: The advantage of being a backbencher is that you can speak your mind. → Compare frontbencherGovernment ministers and civil servants
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