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

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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.
The Backbench 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.
Paula Biggar: Backbench 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 scrutiny committees.
Please speak up for me in the Backbench Carers Debate in Parliament'.
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 committee.
However, the chair of the influential Conservative backbench 1922
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 Labour MP.
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.
BACKBENCH MPs are calling on the Government to raise the age at which youngsters can buy cigarettes.