Unitary Authority of East Renfrewshire elections from 1995 to 2003


A total of 40 Unitary Authority Wards held elections in East Renfrewshire between 1995 and 2003. The database holds elections for 3 separate years over the 9 year period. East Renfrewshire 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 East Renfrewshire over the 9 years was 58.47%. This was 15.66 percentage points higher than the average for all Unitary Authority Councils holding elections in the same year (42.81%). Turnout was higher than the average for Unitary Authority councils in 1999 when it was 23.75 percentage points higher. Turnout was never lower than the average for Unitary Authority councils over the period.

The Party System

This section examines the party system in East Renfrewshire 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.

Labour candidates won more seats than the other candidates in over half of elections held between 1995 and 2003. These candidates won the most seats in 2 of the 3 elections held. After Labour candidates, the next most successful group over the 9 years were Conservative 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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