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any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commons

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It will need to be strong, need to be capable - but crucially keep as many people as happy as possible, reward key supporters and ensure that you're not putting dangerous enemies on the backbenches.
On returning to the backbenches, he said: "I spent the whole 13 years in government.
It's in nobody's interest to have Mr Hain lurking around on the backbenches with the has-beens and never-will-bes.
There has been speculation in recent months that Mr Blair will sit on the backbenches with a number of reports suggesting he will stand down before the next General Election.
The chairman has the job of keeping ministers, including the Prime Minister, informed of thinking on Labour's backbenches.
Some 291 MPs, including 203 from the Labour backbenches, have signed a Parliamentary early day motion tabled by Cardiff West's Labour MP Kevin Brennan calling for action to help workers who have already lost out.
When Labour came to power in 1997, he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and returned to the backbenches after the 2001 election, but retained his commitment to arts and the heritage.
Mr Heseltine, a former Tory leadership contender, said he did not want to stay on the backbenches.
Mr Winnick (Lab Walsall North) said there was "disappointment" on the Labour backbenches that the Prime Minister appeared to be reneging on promises to compromise.
Any ban is likely to lead to a legal challenge in the High Court but inaction was not an option for Tony Blair who faced increasing pressure from his own backbenches to make good on Labour's 2001 manifesto promise.
He said: "There are a lot of people on the backbenches who are deeply unhappy and it's not just the usual suspects on the left.
Lord Archer, the disgraced ex-Conservative candidate for mayor of London, yesterday returned to the House of Lords - and took his usual seat on the backbenches to listen to question time.
DEFENCE minister Peter Kilfoyle last night quit the Government to return to the backbenches.
He says he's come to the conclusion that he can make more of a difference as leader of a local authority than on the backbenches of the Commons.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, the Liverpool Walton MP said: "Having reflected long and hard on how I can best use my political energies in the interests of my constituents and the Labour Party, I have concluded that I should return to the backbenches.