- N-PLURAL: usu the NThe backbenches are the seats in the British House of Commons where backbenchers sit. The Members of Parliament who sit on the backbenches are also referred to as the backbenches. [BRIT]
It is not just the issue of Europe that is creating unrest on the backbenches.
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