Definition of cross bench in English:

cross bench


  • (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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The cross-bench peer had tabled a written question before Parliament was dissolved for the election after one of his constituents raised concerns.’
    • ‘The fact that government used the guillotine during the committee stage certainly did not contribute to any intelligent cross-bench discussion.’
    • ‘Only a small cabal of cross-bench MPs made the decision.’
    • ‘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.’