crossbencher

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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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Cross-bencher David Pannick considers the increase in fees will deny access to justice.
Women such as Ruth Deech, 71, a cross-bencher in the House of Lords, who is keen to introduce a Bill that will make divorce less fraught.
Because Lord Jones is a cross-bencher, not allied to any single ideology, nor told how to vote by parliamentary whips.
She became a life peer in 1997 and sits as a cross-bencher.
Now cross-bencher the Countess of Mar, a deputy speaker of the House of Lords, has entered the fray.
The gold medal-winning baroness sits as a cross-bencher but has been a leading critic of coalition disability benefits reforms and, before entering the Lords, appeared in a pro-Labour advertisement.
Cross-bencher and former Deputy High Court Judge, Lord Pannick, perhaps summed it up best, saying, "To allow these basic employment rights to become a commodity that can be traded frustrates the very purpose of these entitlements as essential protections for the employee, who lacks effective bargaining power.
Conservatives Lord Bagri, Lord McAlpine, Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay and cross-bencher Baroness Dunn have done the same.
Cross-bencher Lord Alton, a former Merseyside Liberal Democrat MP, pointed out that Merseyside police have suffered pounds 12m cuts over the past two years.
Home Office Minister Andy Burnham said: "I am delighted that we have been able to give our backing to an amendment tabled by the cross-bencher Lord Armstrong.
The Countess of Mar, a cross-bencher in the Lords said: "There's a strong case for legal action here.
He said: "If he's going to go to the Lords it's best to be a cross-bencher.
is it is an independent committee chaired by a cross-bencher, not Labour or Conservative.