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Noun1.crossbencher - a member of the House of Commons who does not vote regularly with either the government or the Opposition
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
legislator - someone who makes or enacts laws
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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."
Favours from the cross benches are likely to be carefully rationed, especially since it was only in March that sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe appeared to put the long-running saga of the Tote to the farthest point of the back-burner.