Unitary Authority of Cornwall elections from 2009 to 2017


A total of 188 Unitary Authority Wards held elections in Cornwall between 2009 and 2017. The database holds elections for 3 separate years over the 9 year period. Cornwall 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 Cornwall over the 9 years was 37.99%. This was 0.57 percentage points lower than the average for all Unitary Authority Councils holding elections in the same year (38.56%). Turnout was higher than the average for Unitary Authority councils in 2013 when it was 0.88 percentage points higher. Turnout was lower than the average for Unitary Authority councils in 2017 when it was 2.33 percentage points lower.

The Party System

This section examines the party system in Cornwall 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.

Conservative candidates won more seats than the other candidates in over half of elections held between 2009 and 2017. These candidates won the most seats in 2 of the 3 elections held. After Conservative candidates, the next most successful group over the 9 years were Independent candidates. These candidates won the most seats in 1 of the 3 elections held.

Number of Years Party Won Most Seats

Party NameNumber of Years

Party Winning Most Seats by Year

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