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cross-bench

Brit a seat in Parliament occupied by a neutral or independent member
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"I personally can only offer the Cross Benches my right-side of the brain, with 30 years of experience in the commercial creative arts."
Independent MP, Bob Katter, said the cross bench would move immediately on a royal commission into banks following the resignation of Liberal MP, John Alexander.
It is believed to centre on changes put forward by the convenor of the cross bench peers, Baroness D'Souza.
WORCESTER - Tears streamed down Bethany O'Dell's reddened face as she joined her senior teammates for a group hug at the end of the Holy Cross bench late in yesterday's Patriot League tournament semifinal against Lehigh.
The Lords already has a Cross Bench for peers who do not belong to any party.
Late night sittings of the Legislative Council, where votes are traded by cross bench parties, does not replace informed public consultation and a genuine testing of ideas and recommendations.
Thomas and Simmons hit 3-pointers from just about the same spot in front of the Holy Cross bench to start a 12-0 spurt.
The Government wants to replace the hereditary system with an Appointments Commission to nominate cross bench peers while the remainder of the Lords would be appointed along party lines.
LADY Mary Warnock, 79, is a cross bench life peer, moral philosopher and author of a number of books on philosophy, including The Intelligent Person's Guide to Ethics.
In 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade & investment and became a cross bench life peer.
``The security of the Palace (of Westminster) remains under constant review in the light of the changing assessment of the terrorist threat,'' the cross bench peer said.