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Section 4.6. Each Mainland constituency is represented by three Members of Parliament and each of the four Island constituencies is represented by two Members of Parliament.
If Scotland is truly a nation of equals then each constituency, including the islands, should have an equal number of elected members per constituency.
While the island constituencies may have lesser populations than mainland constituencies they each have a larger proportion of natural resources (Seabed, Fishing, Wind, Tidal, Oil, Gas) than mainland constituencies and should not be penalised on population nor geographical area.
If we have PR then this could be unwieldy, and potentially unrepresentative. The d'hondt system with constituency and regional list provides a more effective way of ensuring this. It all depends on the voting system used and how you measure 'popularity'. 'Plain' constituency based PR would in effect remove any control and would need 2 from one party and one from another. Otherwise the winner with most votes could be countermanded by the two next popular.
Section 4.6. Increase in proportional representation across thirty-six mainland constituencies.
4.6 Each of thirty-six Mainland Constituencies is represented by five Members of Parliament and each of four Island Constituencies is represented by two Members of Parliament to provide a total of one hundred and eighty-eight Members of Parliament.
Section 4.6. Each Mainland and Island constituency is represented by three Members of Parliament.
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4.6 Increase in proportional representation.
Each Mainland Constituency is represented by five Members of Parliament and each of the four Island Constituencies is represented by two Members of Parliament.
If we have 60 constituencies that will make 308 representatives!
This proposal is alongside the proposed amendment in section 4.2 that proposes thirty-six mainland constituencies and four Island constituencies.