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any of the front seats in the House of Commons that are reserved for ministers or former ministers

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He said that he would be speaking to other rebels - including eight junior frontbenchers - in the coming "hours and days" but appeared to rule out further sackings.
Mr Brown immediately made clear that he expected all Labour MPs - not just frontbenchers - to identify any family members working for them.
Liberal Democrat and Tory frontbenchers condemned the plan as "disruptive" for schools.
It is understood that will change today when the first of a series of likely declarations by Lib Dem frontbenchers will take place.
Banning membership by frontbenchers is almost certain to mean that they will wither and die, said the party source.
The frontbenchers include Gloria De Piero, Luciana Berger, John Woodcock and Shabana Mahmood.
The figures emerged as Mr Cameron attempted to flush out Gordon Brown's intentions by writing to ask for Tory frontbenchers to be given access to senior civil servants to prepare the ground for a possible handover of power.
Tory frontbenchers claimed on Friday that the Prime Minister had manipulated Lady Thatcher, who was frail in her old age.
Opposition frontbenchers questioned yesterday whether the Government was providing enough support for British troops.
SERIOUS questions are raised by the fact that so many of David Cameron's frontbenchers have second jobs.
But senior colleagues insisted Mr Kennedy must have the support of his frontbenchers to continue as l eader.
Mr Hague, who said he was delighted to be at the conference, was not due to speak there but was joining the party's frontbenchers on the platform today.
Gordon Brown said the second home allowance should be replaced with a flat-rate daily allowance based on actual attendance at Westminster on parliamentary and Government business or the business of the Opposition frontbenchers.
TORY leader Iain Duncan Smith has vented his irritation with one of his senior frontbenchers who claimed the party was seen as "racist, sexist, homophobic and anti-youth.
Meanwhile, Mr Kennedy secured the support of four senior Liberal Democrats - chief whip Mr Paul Tyler, campaigns chief Mr Nick Harvey, foreign affairs spokesman Mr Menzies Campbell and Mr Archy Kirkwood - and backing also came from frontbenchers Mr David Chidgey and Mr John Burnett, and Mr Foster's two sponsors Mr Lembit Opik and Mr Mark Oaten.