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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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Senator Nick Xenophon's announcement on Saturday that he holds dual British citizenship comes as the future of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government hangs in the balance, with question marks surrounding the eligibility of key members of his government and crossbenchers threatening supply should it be stripped of its one-seat majority.
Labour peer Lady Uddin and crossbencher Lord Bhatia were said to have acted "not in good faith" by incorrectly declaring their main homes in order to claim generous overnight allowances.
The 72-year-old Baron Hutton of Bresagh in the County of Down is married with two daughters and sits as a crossbencher in the Lords.
Crossbencher Viscount Waverley has claimed that the airport experiences major computer breakdowns and that the air bridges and walkways 'seemingly never consistently work.' He also criticised baggage transfer equipment and the general level of cleanliness at the airport during question time yesterday (20 December).
The independent crossbencher made his comments as peers debated a report by the House of Lords European Union Committee on the impact of Brexit on sanctions policy.
But former Labour minister Lord Warner, who sits as an independent crossbencher, said: "The issue is the way that the Government has been playing Russian roulette with our energy security by the ill-considered and ideological rush to leave Euratom without being sure an equivalent regime is properly in place."
The crossbencher pointed out yesterday the amount they can claim has not kept pace with inflation.
In the final hours of the parliamentary sitting week, Greens lower house MP, Adam Bandt, backed by crossbencher Bob Katter, moved to force debate on the commission of inquiry, which has similar powers to a royal commission, but reports to the Parliament.
Lady Boothroyd, who sits in the Lords as a Crossbencher, said in a speech: "We have a leaderless and divided opposition who are the despair of those who expect better of the Labour Party."
Independent crossbencher Baroness Campbell of Surbiton said this would help focus on removing barriers preventing disabled people finding work and ensure better support.
Crossbencher Baroness Meacher complained at the way she and others were treated over proposed "fatal" amendments that would kill off the policy.
Lord Grabiner, who will still be a party member but will sit as a crossbencher from now on, said Labour were in "disarray".
But the Prime Minister hit back, pointing out Labour donor Lord Paul - who now sits as a crossbencher - had also been named as holding an account at the Swiss bank branch at the heart of the controversy.
A vocal opponent is Baroness Ilora Finlay, 63, from Cardiff, who is a crossbencher in the House of Lords.