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British one of the seats in the British Parliament where ordinary Members of Parliament sit. The leading members of each party sit on the front bench
the seats in the British parliament, and in some other parliaments, where the members sit. The people with the most important positions in their party sit on the front benches and the less important members on the back benches
British a member of the House of Lords (=part of the British parliament) who does not belong to any particular political party
the front row of seats in the British Parliament where government ministers and senior Opposition politicians sit. Ordinary Members of Parliament sit on the back benches.
in the British parliament, a way of stopping discussion of a bill after a particular period of time
in the British parliament, to stop discussion of a bill after a particular period of time
someone who has become a member of the British House of Lords because their parent was a member
the part of the parliament in the UK or Canada that consists of politicians who have been elected by the people. The House of Commons is sometimes simply called the Commons and the politicians elected to it are called Members of Parliament or MPs.
the upper house of the British parliament, which is less powerful than the House of Commons. Most of its members are appointed by the government, some are bishops, and some are people from the traditional nobility who have been elected by other members of the House of Lords. Most members have the title ’Lord’ or ’Lady’.
someone from a high social class in the UK, who has the right to sit in the House of Lords
one of three occasions when a bill (=new law) is read to Parliament in the UK and discussed before it can become law
used in the British parliament as a title when speaking or referring to senior politicians, especially members of the Privy Council and House of Lords
an occasion when the king or queen of the UK signs an Act of Parliament in order to make it an official law
the leading members of the UK parliament belonging to the largest party that is not in power. If their party were in power, they would be ministers and would form the cabinet.