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a member of the House of Commons who does not vote regularly with either the government or the Opposition

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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.
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.
ALRTA National President Kevin Keenan said that the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 (2016 Order) had caused widespread damage in just one week of operation and that the Coalition Government and cross bench Senators had acted responsibly in supporting its removal.
In 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade & investment and became a cross bench life peer.
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 peer said.
He now sits in the House of Lords as an independent cross bench peer.
The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced the Abbott Government would seek to move amendments, and accept further cross bench amendments, on the vital Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014.
The proposal floated by cross bench Senators this week recognises the important role Tasmania's hydro energy generation has to play and any deal which is reached should incorporate this type of reward for our investments in hydro energy.
He predicted Labour, Liberal Democrat and cross bench peers would join Conservatives to defeat it.
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.
Mr O'Brien said the Bill followed the inquiry into hunting by cross bench peer Lord Burns, whose report the three opposing groups - the Countryside Alliance, Deadline 2000 and the Middle Way Group - said they could work with.
The Conservatives plan to canvass support among cross bench and Liberal Democrat peers to obstruct the proposals in the Lords.