What are crossbenchers?

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What do they do? Please don't give me definitions from Google
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Assuming you mean cross bench peers in the House of Lords (which is what my instinct was when reading they question), they essentially carry out the same role as any other peer. The only difference is that they are not affiliated to any particular party. The name comes from the fact that they sit on the cross benches in the House of Lords (i.e. they don't sit on the government or opposition benches; the cross benches run between those two). Given that they are by definition not party political, they tend to be appointed for their expertise.

To round the answer off, there are some limited roles in the House of Commons that are technically cross benchers, such as the Speaker. The vast majority of MPs in the House of Commons are party affiliated though, so there are very few cross benchers. Even MPs from smaller parties (like the DUP) will sit on the opposition benches.
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