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cross-bench

Brit a seat in Parliament occupied by a neutral or independent member
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He spoke after an alliance of Labour and Liberal Democrat peers, cross-benchers and Tory rebels combined to pass an amendment seeking to retain the option of a customs union with the EU.
Lady Boothroyd, who sits in the House of Lords as a cross-bencher, was a Labour MP before becoming speaker, the first woman to hold that office.
He took his seat in the Lords after the death of his uncle, the eighth earl, in 1981, first as a Conservative and later as a cross-bencher, before losing his place after the 1999 Lords reforms.
Lord Birt, 56, who sits as a politically neutral cross-bencher in the House of Lords, is a close friend of New Labour.
Whilst doing my book Inside the House of Lords I developed a deep love for Your Lordships' House, and as a cross-bencher I can make judgments without ulterior motives or hidden agenda.
Commenting on the approach to poverty being taken by the current UK Government, Lord Bird - who sits as a cross-bencher in the Lords - said: "I think the concerns over Universal Credit show that the UK Government doesn't really care about helping poor people get off benefits.
Cross-bencher Palmer raised the issue in the Lords during a debate on the abuse of tips by big companies who keep part of the service charge for themselves.
Women such as Ruth Deech, 71, a cross-bencher in the House of Lords, who is keen to introduce a Bill that will make divorce less fraught.
Because Lord Jones is a cross-bencher, not allied to any single ideology, nor told how to vote by parliamentary whips.
She became a life peer in 1997 and sits as a cross-bencher.
Now cross-bencher the Countess of Mar, a deputy speaker of the House of Lords, has entered the fray.
It is not" - Independent cross-bencher Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch.