crossbencher


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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
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The crossbencher said Chancellor George Osborne putting the minimum wage up from PS6.
Crossbencher Baroness Meacher complained at the way she and others were treated over proposed "fatal" amendments that would kill off the policy.
A vocal opponent is Baroness Ilora Finlay, 63, from Cardiff, who is a crossbencher in the House of Lords.
The scale of the vote against the wrecking amendment proposed by independent crossbencher Lord Dear will be a major fillip for the Bill's supporters.
Opening debate on her Bill, independent crossbencher Baroness Howe of Idlicote denied it was a move towards censorship, insisting children needed protection from pornography.
Former chief of the defence staff and crossbencher Lord Craig of Radley asked if the outcome was "entirely satisfactory" from the Government's point of view.
So it doesn't take a massive leap of faith to see Lord Elis-Thomas edge away from the Plaid group and sitting as a crossbencher.
Crossbencher Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, a former GP and president of the Royal Society of Medicine, said the Government's Health and Social Care Bill did not place enough emphasis on treating those with complex conditions.
However, on Wednesday night independent crossbencher Lord Best withdrew without a vote an amendment on the final point of dispute between the Houses - the so-called bedroom tax which penalises council tenants for under-occupancy.
Tabled by crossbencher Lord Best, it protects certain vulnerable groups including disabled people, war widows and those unable to work from the bedroom tax unless they turn down a suitable smaller flat.
Labour peer Lady Uddin and crossbencher Lord Bhatia were found to have acted "not in good faith" by incorrectly declaring their main homes in order to claim generous overnight allowances.
Labour peer Lady Uddin and crossbencher Lord Bhatia were said to have acted "not in good faith" by incorrectly declaring their main homes in order to claim generous overnight allowances.