Passage of government legislation, in the absence of Liberal/National Party support, is impossible without the agreement of at least three of the eight minor party members who comprise the cross bench
In 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade & investment and became a cross bench
The cross bench
peer put forward a Bill in 2003 to ban smoking in public places in the UK, four years before the ban was eventually implemented in Wales and later in England.
Thomas and Simmons hit 3-pointers from just about the same spot in front of the Holy Cross bench
to start a 12-0 spurt.
The Lords already has a Cross Bench
for peers who do not belong to any party.
LADY Mary Warnock, 79, is a cross bench
life peer, moral philosopher and author of a number of books on philosophy, including The Intelligent Person's Guide to Ethics.
He now sits in the House of Lords as an independent cross bench
The security of the Palace (of Westminster) remains under constant review in the light of the changing assessment of the terrorist threat,'' the cross bench
They are Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport, Peter Anderson, Managing Director of Finance at Canary Wharf Group plc, Charles Belcher, formerly a managing director in the rail industry, Baroness Grey-Thompson, cross bench
Peer and former Paralympian, Eva Lindholm, Vice Chairman - Global Corporate Bank, Daniel Moylan, Bob Oddy, Deputy General Secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association, Patrick O Keeffe, formerly Deputy Regional Secretary for Unite the Union, Keith Williams, Chief Executive Officer for British Airways and Steve Wright, Chair of the Licensed Private Hire Car Association.
The Government wants to replace the hereditary system with an Appointments Commission to nominate cross bench
peers while the remainder of the Lords would be appointed along party lines.