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Section 4.2. Parliament consists of one hundred and eighty-eight Members of Parliament, elected from sixty Mainland constituencies and four Island constituencies – namely the Outer Hebrides (Na h-Eileanan Siar), the Inner Hebrides, the Orkney Isles and the Shetland Isles.

Proposed Amendments to Section

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Original Version

Proposed Amendment to 4.2.

  • Bennachie

    4.2 Potential to widen constituency representation.
    Parliament consists of one hundred and eighty-eight Members of Parliament, with five Members elected from each of thirty-six Mainland Constituencies and two Members elected from each of four Island Constituencies - namely the Outer Hebrides (Na h-Eileanan Siar), the Inner Hebrides, the Orkney Isles and the Shetland Isles.

      • Bennachie

        Fewer constituencies, each with a higher number of elected representatives will provide the opportunity for smaller parties to achieve representation and provide a wider range of interests and capabilities.

          • Skeggi

            The proposed amendment seeks to penalise island communities based on proportion of population and ignores the vast natural resources (Seabed, Fishing, Wind Energy, Tidal Energy, Oil, Gas) of the island communities, this would detract from the elected members ability to serve the interests of the islands by unbalancing parliament in favour of mainland constituencies.

              • Bennachie

                This proposed amendment takes into account that the population of the mainland constituencies would have a population that is on average more than five times that of the individual island constituencies and also takes into consideration that the mainland constituencies possess considerable under-utilised natural resources.

                  • Abrach

                    Referring to this and the later proposed amendment by Skeggi, I'll need to think further on the respective electorate in each constituency. I'm well connected in several of the Inner Hebrides and support stronger representation but for practical reasons they'll not make a constituency, assuming it is intended to embrace Skye, Raasay, the four Small Isles, Mull, Iona, Coll, Tiree, Islay, Jura and Colonsay, etc. They were well-connected during the Lordship of the Isles but not since!

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Proposed Amendment to 4.2.

  • Skeggi

    4.2. Equal number of elected members of Parliament per constituency.
    Parliament consists of one hundred and ninety-two Members of Parliament, elected from sixty Mainland constituencies and four Island constituencies – namely the Outer Hebrides (Na h-Eileanan Siar), the Inner Hebrides, the Orkney Isles and the Shetland Isles.

      • Skeggi

        This proposed amendment is alongside my proposed amendment to section 4.6, where I propose that each constituency is represented by three Members of Parliament, bringing equal Parliamentary representation to each constituency.

          • Abrach

            Referring to this and the earlier proposed amendment by Bennachie I'll need to think further on the respective electorate in each constituency. I'm well connected in several of the Inner Hebrides and support stronger representation but for practical reasons they'll not make a constituency, assuming it is intended to embrace Skye, Raasay, the four Small Isles, Mull, Iona, Coll, Tiree, Islay, Jura and Colonsay, etc. They were well-connected during the Lordship of the Isles but not since!

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