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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I will sit on the crossbenches in the House of Lords while chairing the NIC, to underpin its independent status.
Six Liberal Democrats were also appointed and the list is completed by Democratic Unionist William Hay, the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, who will sit on the crossbenches.
As the party does not have sufficient members in the Lords to form its own group, MrWigley plans to sit on the crossbenches, where the National Assembly's Presiding Officer, Plaid AM Lord Elis-Thomas, also sits.
The former BBC journalist, who was born in Birkenhead, has been appointed a life peer and will sit on the crossbenches in Parliament.
Lord Martin of Springburn, the name of the Glasgow constituency he held from 1979 to 2005, will join his predecessor as Speaker, Baroness Boothroyd, on the crossbenches.
The former Labour MP will join his predecessor as speaker Baroness Boothroyd on the crossbenches.
Lord Bilimoria, one of the so-called "people's peers", will sit on the crossbenches as an independent.
But he retaliated by saying he will sit on the non-partisan crossbenches in the House of Lords, rather than as a Labour peer.
Lord Chan had been a member of the House of Lords on the Crossbenches since July, 2001, having been selected as one of the first People's Peers.
Conservative peers' leader Lord Strathclyde said: "The House magazine has uncovered the first hard evidence of something we have long suspected, that the Labour Party has been putting sympathisers and now, it seems, even donors, on the crossbenches in the Lords.