One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
See cross bench
- ‘Behind the debate lies a campaign by Lord Joffe, a cross-bencher, to make it possible for terminally ill patients to ask for medical help in ending their lives.’
- ‘Although the peerage is granted at the Prime Minister's request, it is non-party political, and Bishop Hope is expected to sit as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords.’
- ‘He had been encouraged by the Lords' reaction and by the number of Labour peers and cross-benchers who had spoken in favour of legislation before a ban.’
- ‘Party groupings, the cross-benchers and individual members will be able to bid for the use of these rooms for official parliamentary or charity events.’
- ‘Nearly half of the peers took the Conservative whip and around 30 per cent were cross-benchers.’
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