back bench MP

back bench MP

A member of Parliament (UK) who has no "role" (i.e., Minister or Secretary of something) beyond that of acting as a voice for his constituency, and thus is a politician relegated to the back benches.
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In fact,an individual MEP has more influence over the content of new laws than an individual back bench MP.
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband wants to quit frontline politics to stay a back bench MP, it was reported last night.
Mr Miliband, who has taken on the role of a back bench MP since losing the Labour party leadership contest to his brother Ed, announced his resignation from politics in favour of a new senior role in the US with charity International Rescue.
Prime Minister David Cameron - himself an ex-smoker - has distanced himself from the bill, bought about by back bench MP Alex Cunningham.
One back bench MP questioned why, since its continued building of settlements also contravened UN Security Council legislation, Tel Aviv had not also been targeted.
Except to say that: "He was a back bench MP then with perhaps a little more time on his hands.
One senior back bench MP said: "The Nats are doing to us what we did to the Tories.
One influential back bench MP told the Mail last night that Mawhinney's performance as chairman had been "appalling.
And so, even the current basic rate for a bacK bench MP of PS66,396, plus generous expenses and pension contributions, seems liKe a small fortune to the average worKer.
Despite being offered Ed Balls' key shadow Chancellor position by his brother after the coalition took power in 2010, for the last two years Mr Miliband has taken the role of a back bench MP.
Roy is likely to be replaced by Eastwood MP Jim Murphy but will remain a back bench MP at Westminster.
But city hospital boss David Loughton said Mr Robinson was now just a back bench MP and only a health minister could produce a letter to settle the issue.