cross the floor

cross the floor

1. Of parliamentary members, to vote against the common trend of one's political party (i.e., vote "against party lines"). Primarily heard in UK, Australia, New Zealand. Though it is largely opposed by the Conservative Party, enough PMs have crossed the floor on this issue that it looks like it might succeed.
2. Of parliamentary members, to leave one's current political party and join another, such that one's legislative seat is physically moved to the new party's location in parliament. Primarily heard in UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand. Following the prime minister's controversial tax bill, several members of his party crossed the floor to the Labor Party.
See also: cross, floor
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He watched a patch of moonlight cross the floor of their lodging, and, as sometimes happens when the mind is overtaxed, he fell asleep for the rest of the room, but kept awake for the patch of moonlight.
Now Dancing On Ice has hit the skids, they're 6/1 with William Hill to cross the floor and appear on Strictly Come Dancing.
So the Government can fall, the opposition needs to make sure that 62 MP refuse to give the government a confidence vote, which at this moment appears to be hardly likely, considering that in that case BDI would actually cross the floor over to the other side.
Bob Ainsworth, Labour MP for Coventry North East, said of the defection: "When people cross the floor in politics there are always one or two feelings.
The result was that people would stay tuned to the dullest shows through being too idle to cross the floor to change channels.
If he ever threatened to call an election the Lib Dems would probably just cross the floor and form a coalition with Labour, who are also pro-Europe - as is Cameron, or so he says.
I am not doing this because I wanted to cross the floor to get a safer seat.
Thankfully, this isn't a hurriedly rush-released documentary on the ailing plight of the revamped morning format, which replaced GMTV and enticed presenting dream team Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley to cross the floor from the BBC's One Show.
Clegg will cross the floor and be parachuted into a safe Tory seat, because he is finished in Sheffield.
The Birkenhead MP will not cross the floor to join the Tories and is expected to remain a Labour MP, say Tory sources.
It had been widely thought that Mr Bercow, who is married to a member of the Labour Party, would at any moment cross the floor and join Labour.
He presented some findings from an ongoing research project on Members of Parliament Who Cross the Floor.
John Howard has shown he is adept at working within a variety of checks and balances while still, for the most part, getting his own way; and when he can't get his way he at least behaves in a dignified and stoical manner, for example whenever two or three Coalition members make it clear they are prepared to cross the floor of the Senate on some measure of which they disapprove, such as the recent asylum-seeker legislation.
But I fear the issues that would dominate the august house would just be partisan in nature, like the impeachment of the president or Section 65 which limits the tendency of members to cross the floor.
They cross the floor in a gait so sustained that poet Ben Belitt once called it "the heels' blow upon space.
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