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cross-bench

Brit a seat in Parliament occupied by a neutral or independent member
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The Bill, tabled by crossbencher Lord Joffe, would have allowed doctors to prescribe fatal doses of drugs for terminally ill patients.
Ex-policeman Peter is a former Tory turned crossbencher.
Last night Lib Dem peers tabled a "fatal motion" aimed at derailing tax credit cuts after crossbencher Baroness Meacher dropped hers under Government pressure.
But the Prime Minister hit back, pointing out Labour donor Lord Paul - who now sits as a crossbencher - had also been named as holding an account at the Swiss bank branch at the heart of the controversy.
The Democratic Unionists have nominated the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, William Hay, although he will sit in the Lords as an independent crossbencher.
However, since I can no longer be called a Crossbencher under their rules, I will now be an independent Social Democrat.
In the second reading debate on the Bill last night, Independent crossbencher Lord Alton of Liverpool said mesothelioma was a "horrible disease which leads to great suffering".
He chaired the 2004 inquiry into the Soham murders and sits in the Lords as a crossbencher.
Retired senior judge Baroness Butler-Sloss, a crossbencher, asked Lord McNally: "Are you aware of the extent of disruption and delay to criminal trials as a result of serious inaccuracies of court interpreting which is not only leading to very considerable cost but also concerns have been raised by judges across the country, particularly in London, Birmingham and Leeds?
Crossbencher Baroness Meacher moved an amendment to take out clauses she said would mean disabled children who could never work would never be entitled to a benefit.
Crossbencher Lord Bilimoria pointed to a "clamour for a Plan B".