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cross-bench

Brit a seat in Parliament occupied by a neutral or independent member
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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.
The Government's 70th birthday present to the NHS seems to be a few bandages for the wounds, continuing short rations and no investment to reform" - Lord Warner, a former Labour health minister, who now sits as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords.
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.
Cross-bencher and former Deputy High Court Judge, Lord Pannick, perhaps summed it up best, saying, "To allow these basic employment rights to become a commodity that can be traded frustrates the very purpose of these entitlements as essential protections for the employee, who lacks effective bargaining power.
Conservatives Lord Bagri, Lord McAlpine, Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay and cross-bencher Baroness Dunn have done the same.
Cross-bencher Lord Alton, a former Merseyside Liberal Democrat MP, pointed out that Merseyside police have suffered pounds 12m cuts over the past two years.