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(in the House of Lords and some other legislatures) a bench occupied by members who are independent of any political party.[as modifier] ‘a cross-bench political outlook’
- ‘The cross-bench peer had tabled a written question before Parliament was dissolved for the election after one of his constituents raised concerns.’
- ‘Last week Boyd was named among those being elevated to the House of Lords, where he will sit as a cross-bench member, despite his Labour affiliations.’
- ‘The fact that government used the guillotine during the committee stage certainly did not contribute to any intelligent cross-bench discussion.’
- ‘In the Lords yesterday, cross-bench Baroness Masham of Ilton challenged ministers over Monday's Yorkshire Post report.’
- ‘‘Be clear what is at stake here’ says the cross bench peer.’
- ‘Only a small cabal of cross-bench MPs made the decision.’
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