Unitary Authority of Northumberland elections from 2008 to 2017


A total of 94 Unitary Authority Wards held elections in Northumberland between 2008 and 2017. The database holds elections for 3 separate years over the 10 year period. Northumberland held whole council elections once every four years. This can create a situation where an unhappy electorate can replace an entire council in a single election. As a result, these councils can appear to be more volatile than those with partial council elections.


Average participation in Northumberland over the 10 years was 38.53%. This was 1.41 percentage points higher than the average for all Unitary Authority Councils holding elections in the same year (37.12%). Turnout was higher than the average for Unitary Authority councils in 2008 when it was 4.15 percentage points higher. Turnout was lower than the average for Unitary Authority councils in 2017 when it was 1.49 percentage points lower.

The Party System

This section examines the party system in Northumberland that existed in terms of number of seats won by each group in each election. In the analysis below, a party is considered to have won an election for the authority if it wins more seats than any other group. The extent to which a single party group wins all of the elections during the period is a measure of the dominance of a single party.

No single group of candidates dominated the whole period when elections held between 2008 and 2017. Liberal Democrat, Labour, Conservative candidates won the most seats in a similar number of years. Liberal Democrat won the most seats in Liberal Democrat years with Labour and Conservative candidates winning the most seats in 1 and 1 years respectively.

Number of Years Party Won Most Seats

Party NameNumber of Years
Liberal Democrat1

Party Winning Most Seats by Year

Liberal DemocratLabourConservative
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