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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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Mr Hanson was on the front bench for more than 17 years during which he performed a variety of roles.
NEW Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin yesterday unveiled his new front bench - with Mary Hanafin his deputy leader.
COVENTRY North West MP Geoffrey Robinson has dismissed rumours he has been lined up for a position on Labour's front bench by leadership favourite Jeremy Corbyn.
I am greatly looking forward to working with all my party colleagues to build on this electoral success,' said Mr Holmes, who will step down as a front bench spokesman on local government in order to concentrate on his new role as a voice for the backbenchers
Lord Falconer of Thoroton told a packed House of Lords that it was wrong to have an 'artificial deadline' imposed by the Upper House as the anti-terror Bill debate bounced between the Lords and the Commons But he was challenged byLiberal Democrat front bench legal affairs spokesman Lord Goodhart who asked 'why on earth' the Government couldn't come back to Parliament in a year with a fresh anti-terror Bill that had been properly debated.
But yesterday the missile was David Blunkett's controversial biography, and it hit the Conservative front bench.
He quit from the front bench to handle the Cleveland child abuse crisis, where 119 children were taken from their homes by social workers on allegations of child abuse.
His departure ends a four-year term on the government front bench, following yesterday's announcement by Tony Blair.
SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams yesterday named a front bench team for the Northern Ireland Assembly - and urged them to use it to promote "Irish unity and a radical Republican programme".
BIRMINGHAM Labour MP Liam Byrne is among 49 rivals battling for a place in Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet - as the new leader's brother David announced that he was standing down from the front bench last night.
The Tories also announced their front bench would give up their 2008-9 pay rise.
Sir - Nick Bourne's intemperate and partisan attack on Peter Hain is at odds even with his own Conservative front bench.
The leader of the Opposition was very honourable to sack Boris Johnson from the front bench following his behaviour.
But Mr Howard has hastened the process, and now Boris is able to publish what he wants about the Tory front bench, and not be sent on ridiculous pilgrimages to Liverpool.
Conservative and Liberal Democrat front bench spokesmen in the Lords vowed to fight the move, which would mean a vendor would be breaking the law if they did not ensure all the information about the property was in place before details were advertised or appeared in the estate agent's window.