Add a backbencher to one of your lists below or create a new list. The term is often misspelled as “back-bench”, by homophony, but also because the English term “backbencher” evokes the fact that these parliamentarians occupy the last benches when they sit. On the other hand, parliamentarians who are part of the ministers or the shadow cabinet form the front bank of their respective parties. The PONS online dictionary is free: it is also available for iOS and Android! Warning: The words in the vocabulary list are only available through this Internet browser. From the moment this list is copied to your vocabulary trainer, it is available from anywhere. In Westminster countries, a backbencher is an MP who is neither a foreign minister (if he or she is a member of the ruling party), a shadow cabinet member (if he or she is part of the opposition), nor any other parliamentary office such as whip or caucus chair. Do you want to add words, phrases or translations? How can I retrieve my translations from the vocabulary trainer? Although they have not been assigned specific functions, backbenchers participate in parliamentary committees and other activities of the House to which they belong. Depending on the country and the political situation, they may have more or less influence on the line of their party and government. Not depending on the leader of their party for their position, they are often considered freer from their party line as applied by the whips.