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cross bench Line breaks: cross bench

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Definition of cross bench in English:


(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
More example sentences
  • 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 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈkrɒsˌbɛn(t)ʃə/
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nearly half of the peers took the Conservative whip and around 30 per cent were cross-benchers.
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