Gibraltar suffers a democratic deficit in part because no MP directly represents constituents in Parliament. MPs are elected by the entirety of the electorate and become either Ministers or sit on the Opposition benches. There is no individual MP that constituents can call their particular representative to help them fight political battles. Presently, the system works haphazardly; constituents simply have to resort to seeking help from an MP who either they know or is a friend of a friend. The immediacy and responsibility of direct representation is lost.
The particular issue of direct representation will be resolved by increasing the size of Parliament from 17 to 25 MPs by creating 8 electoral districts. The constituents of each individual district will elect an MP to represent them by a simple majority on a first past the post basis. Finding candidates for this type of district election will be an easier task. It will also encourage more independents to stand.
MPs elected to represent a district will be obliged to hold a minimum once weekly district clinic for at least 3 hours in the evening. The purpose of such a clinic will be to listen to and assist on any issues affecting his/her district or constituents in his/her district
The entire electorate of Gibraltar using a single transferable vote system or other proportional representation system, as may be chosen on advice from the Electoral Reform Society, will elect the balance of 17 MPs that make up the total of 25. Only these 17 MPs will be eligible to be Ministers and form part of the executive arm of government.
All MPs, however elected will enjoy equal standing, have an equal vote in and benefit from all the privileges of Parliament. The party or grouping having the support of the greatest number of MPs will form government and choose its Ministers from those who are eligible.
The proposal is to enact all necessary legislation to redress this aspect of the democratic deficit by electoral reforms in as good a time as circumstances and support in Parliament permits.