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Crossing the floor

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To cross the floor in Parliament means to change sides: to leave one political party and join another.

The expression comes from the seating arrangements in the Chamber where the Government party sit together on the right and the Opposition sit together to the left. A change of party allegiance can literally mean crossing the floor of the House from one side of the Chamber to the other.

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