Definition of cross-bencher in English:

cross-bencher

noun

  • 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.’

Pronunciation

cross-bencher

/ˈkrɒsˌbɛn(t)ʃə/