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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 sit on the Cross-benches, after three of us were elected for nomination by Plaid Cymru's 400-strong National Council.
Just two or three of those on the cross-benches could transform the atmosphere in Westminster and increase the numbers tuning in to programmes like Yesterday in Parliament...
When I was a civil servant I recall sitting in the official box (which is referred to as 'The Space to the Right of the Throne' and which is much too close to their Lordships for comfort) during a rather technical debate, and the dismay I felt when a long grey figure uncoiled itself from the cross-benches and I realised that we were about to be addressed by a Nobel Laureate, an FRS and a Professor Emeritus.
The woman who admitted she was "not a very political person" now sits on the cross-benches.