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Noun1.crossbench - any of the seats in the House of Commons used by members who do not vote regularly with either the government or the Opposition
seat - any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit); "he dusted off the seat before sitting down"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
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The crossbench peer set a 2022 deadline for Transport for the North to be given the same powers as Transport for London.
A crossbench peer in the House of Lords, she has highlighted before some of the discrimination she faces, and once revealed how she had to crawl off a train because no-one would help get her wheelchair on to the platform.
However, no party would be allowed an absolute majority - and a minimum of one in five seats would be reserved for independent members, known as crossbench peers.
I also acknowledge the constructive engagement of the Senate crossbench.
If the amendment to the budget measures bill is successful, it will make it easier for the Liberals to vote down the levy with the support of key crossbench MPs, according to opposition leader, Steven Marshall.
Lord Blair, now a crossbench peer, went on to call for "no cuts", adding: "Looking at what is happening, the idea of continuously cutting the police service's budget seems an absurdity at this stage.
Crossbench peer Lady Meacher said: "The findings of our inquiry and review of evidence from across the world are clear.
A substantial crossbench could play havoc with the government's attempts to pass legislations.
Independent crossbench peer Lord Myners also accused the Pensions Regulator of being "asleep at the wheel.
In 2010, she became an independent crossbench peer in the House of Lords, taking the title Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham.
Voting was 307 to 277, a majority of 30, for the amendment put down by independent crossbench peer Baroness Meacher at the close of a heated and highly charged debate lasting more than three-and-a-half hours.