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Non-voting ScotsAs the election approaches, it is worth asking how representative MPs are of voters. At the last election in 2001, not a single MP obtained the votes of 50 per cent or more of the total electorate in a constituency. Ironically, given the events of the last few weeks, the most “democratic” MP was Gerry Adams, who took 45.5 per cent of the total electorate in his Belfast West seat (his share of the vote was 66.1 per cent). But only seven others obtained more than 40 per cent of the electorate, Tony Blair being one. In 341 seats,…

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