Chairing a Commons committee, also known as a select committee, is one way for a backbench
MP to have considerable influence over the work of Parliament and the House of Commons without a frontbench job as a Minster or Shadow Minister.
Business Committee hears pitches from MPs who hope to get one of the 27 debate slots and explain why the issue they want to discuss is important.
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MLAs in PEI do not have budgets to run constituency offices.
And in a bid to secure more support Coun Clancy has proposed increasing the number of PS45,000-a-year cabinet members from eight to ten, as well as increase paid roles on backbench
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I watched my dad that day dust himself off and walk back into the Parliament and sit on the backbench
for Question Time," Jessica said.
A good handful of days are set aside for these debates which are decided by a new backbench
However, the chair of the influential Conservative backbench
A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "The e-petition has now reached 100,000 signatures and the Government will notify the Backbench
Business Committee in the House of Commons in order that the Committee can consider its suitability for debate when Parliament returns in September.
With fears that university tuition fees are set to soar down south, Lib Dem chiefs Nick Clegg and Vince Cable face a backbench
revolt of their own.
The Liberal Democrats at Westminster have decided to go down a similar route to Plaid in Cardiff Bay by appointing backbench
MPs to shadow Government departments.
Mr Martin, ousted on Tuesday amid anger at his failure to tackle MPs' expenses, bought the property in London's Pimlico for pounds 102,000 in 1990 when he was a backbench
revolt is threatened in Fianna Fail, the main Irish government party, over plans to abolish the controversial groceries order, which bans below-cost selling by multiples.
MPs are calling on the Government to raise the age at which youngsters can buy cigarettes.