Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to the crossbenches in the UK houses of parliament.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of the seats in the House of Commons used by members who do not vote regularly with either the government or the Opposition

Etymologies

From cross-bench (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The crossbench peer and Cambridge philosophy professor Onora O'Neill brings what one panellist called her "terrifying but brilliant" brain to bear on problems including freedom of speech, euthanasia and stem-cell research.

    Onora O'Neill | Top 100 women

  • Lord Bichard, the crossbench peer who chaired the Soham inquiry, has joined Ten Group as an adviser, initially on developing a service for children's services professionals.

    Society daily 02.11.10

  • Peers voted in favour of an amendment, tabled by the crossbench peer Lord Pannick, that would allow constituencies to be varied in size by 7.5% in "exceptional circumstances" to be determined by the Boundary Commission.

    Nick Clegg cancels South America trip for constituencies vote

  • Lib Dem peers are planning a mutiny when the bill is scrutinised in the House of Lords, and are said to have support from crossbench as well as Labour peers.

    War breaks out in Downing Street

  • Continuing opposition to the NHS reforms will surface both at the conference and, crucially, in the House of Lords, where the legislation faces a mauling by a combination of Lib Dem, Labour and crossbench peers.

    The Lib Dems need to be more than just the people who say no | Andrew Rawnsley

  • The study, led by Professor Haleh Afshar, who is a member of the commission and a crossbench peer, finds:

    Gay men and lesbians are putting their health at risk by abusing drugs

  • Bear this in mind when you think of the estimated 3,600 new offences created by the Government in Britain since 1997, of which at least 1,036 can result in a prison sentence according to an official answer given to Baroness Stern, a crossbench peer and former General Secretary of Penal Reform International.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • The government has a majority in Australia's lower house of representatives, but needs the support of either the main opposition Liberal-National coalition or all seven crossbench senators, including the environmentalist Greens, Family First Senator Steve Fielding, and Mr. Xenophon, to pass any new laws.

    Australia's Senate Approves Stimulus Package

  • On the one hand we have apparent easing of tensions between the two men at the top, and on the other we have a peer admittedly crossbench, who was Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service who holds his position through Blair's patronage.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • Then Bergthora went up to the crossbench, and Thorhalla with her, and Bergthora said to Hallgerda, "Thou shalt give place to this woman."

    The Story of Burnt Njal: the great Icelandic tribune, jurist, and counsellor

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