Definitions

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  • n. A member of the British House of Lords or the Senate of Canada who sits on a cross-bench, or who proclaims independence or political neutrality.

Etymologies

From cross-bench. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Will he be allowed to sit on the red benches as a Plaid peer, or will he remain as a cross-bencher?

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • My life-peerage was gazetted on 24 October 2000 and I took my seat in the Lords on 16 January 2001 as cross-bencher, supported by Barbara Castle and Denis Healey.

    Betty Bothroyd The Autobiography

  • Of a sudden (and this proves the fundamental instability of the cross-bench mind) a cross-bencher leaped on his seat and there played an imaginary double-bass with tremendous maestro-like wagglings of the elbow.

    A Diversity of Creatures

  • Peers to question the direction of the reforms included former Tory ministers Lord Howe and Lord Wakeham, former Labour minister Lord Cunningham and leading cross-bencher Baroness D'Souza - the latter saying the change would give the Lords more "political power" and ultimately the power to veto legislation.

    BBC News - Home

  • Three peers - Baroness Masham of Ilton (cross-bencher), Baroness Tyler of Enfield (Liberal Democrat), and Lord Harris of Haringey (Labour) - have tabled the amendment, with the hope of it being put to a vote.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph

  • Lord Clancarty, a cross-bencher, points out that nobody's pension is at risk if the PPF doesn't get the money from the sale of the museum's contents: ''It is nonsense that it should ever have gone to court.''

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • I'm a member of the House of Lords but when I became chairman of the Trust, I agreed to resign the Conservative whip and become a cross-bencher...

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • He confessed to being a "cross-bencher" when it came to reason.

    The Guardian World News

  • Laidlaw of Rothiemay had joined cross-bencher Baroness Dunn in informing the Lords authorities that they were leaving the House.

    Belfasttelegraph.co.uk - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • The Telegraph also reported that John Browne, the former chief executive officer of BP Plc, who sits in the upper House of Lords as a cross-bencher, attached to no party, has been approached to take on a role "scrutinizing" government departments.

    BusinessWeek.com --

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