backbencher






noun

  1. any of the members of a legislature, especially of the House of Commons of Great Britain, but not including the leaders of the parties.

noun

  1. British, Australian and NZ a Member of Parliament who does not hold office in the government or opposition
n.

1874 in the House of Commons sense, from back (adj.) + bench (n.); occupants of the rear seats being the least-prominent politicians.

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