Lobby

(redirected from division lobbies)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial.

lobby

1. a room or corridor used as an entrance hall, vestibule, etc.
2. Chiefly Brit a hall in a legislative building used for meetings between the legislators and members of the public
3. Chiefly Brit one of two corridors in a legislative building in which members vote
4. a group of persons who attempt to influence legislators on behalf of a particular interest
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

Lobby

A space at the entrance to a building, theater, hotel, or other structure.
Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture Copyright © 2012, 2002, 1998 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Lobby

 

auxiliary premises in parliamentary and other government buildings, as well as in theaters and concert halls, designed for rest during breaks between sessions or during intermissions. Lobbies are also used for unofficial meetings and exchange of opinions and often serve as work areas for journalists. The expression “lobbying” characterizes behind-the-scenes deals made in capitalist legislative institutions by representatives of the ruling circles who are close to members of the institutions or to high government officials.


Lobby

 

the system of offices and agencies of the major monopolies assigned to legislative bodies of the USA. Lobbies exert direct pressure on legislators and state officials even to the point of bribery for the sake of the companies involved.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

lobby

A space at the entrance to a building, theater, etc.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Faced with such an overwhelming defeat, the government allowed two more major amendments to go through without a vote rather than risk another hammering in the division lobbies.
'My office at Westminster is half a mile away from the division lobbies where MPs go to vote, so walking between them provides a chance to get some exercise.
The government defeated both moves, but its majority slumped to 60 during the second vote as Conservatives joined Labour rebels and the Liberal Democrats in the division lobbies.
"It is not stretching the imagination to foresee a situation where a British government that did not have a majority of English MPs and relied on Scottish MPs in the division lobbies, decided to impose a deeply unpop- ular English education or transport law.
These MPs are the men and women who night after night trudge through the division lobbies in votes they cannot win because they do not have the numbers.
A Conservative amendment calling for a referendum was defeated by 311 votes to 248 - a majority of 63 - as just 29 Labour rebels joined the Tories in the division lobbies.
As Blair troops into the division lobbies tonight hand-in-hand with Tory toff David Cameron, he should pause and reflect.
He believes the system of publicly filing through Division Lobbies is outdated and MPs should cast their votes in a secret ballot.
Having therefore effectively forced some dutiful Labour MPs to vote on an issue which they profoundly disagreed, the least the Prime Minister could have done would have been to set an example and to troop through the division lobbies with his faithful friends.
Apart from Mrs Hesford, five others who had originally signed the motion against the Bill decided to back it in the division lobbies. Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside),Angela Eagle (Wallasey), Joe Benton ( Bootle), Eddie O'Hara (Knowsley South) and Colin Pickthall (West Lancs) were persuaded to back Tony Blair on the must-win vote, while Warrington North's Helen Jones abstained.
Hereditary peers, some of great antiquity, and their fellow "lifers", shuffled through the division lobbies to take the House of Lords to death's door and ultimate extinction in its present form.
And she will ( the MP is already preparing to grab the Chancellor the next time they're together in the division lobbies.

Full browser ?