Unitary Authority of Isle Of Wight elections from 1995 to 2017


A total of 116 Unitary Authority Wards held elections in Isle Of Wight between 1995 and 2017. The database holds elections for 7 separate years over the 23 year period. Isle Of Wight 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 Isle Of Wight over the 23 years was 44.90%. This was 1.46 percentage points higher than the average for all Unitary Authority Councils holding elections in the same year (43.44%). Turnout was higher than the average for Unitary Authority councils in 1998 when it was 11.21 percentage points higher. Turnout was lower than the average for Unitary Authority councils in 2017 when it was 3.39 percentage points lower.

The Party System

This section examines the party system in Isle Of Wight 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.

Although Liberal Democrat candidates won most seats in more years than other candidates they by no means dominated the elections held between 1995 and 2017. These candidates won the most seats in 3 of the 7 elections held. After Liberal Democrat candidates, the next most successful group over the 23 years were Conservative candidates. These candidates won the most seats in 3 of the 7 elections held.

Number of Years Party Won Most Seats

Party NameNumber of Years
Liberal Democrat3

Party Winning Most Seats by Year

Liberal DemocratLiberal DemocratLiberal DemocratConservativeConservativeIndependentConservative
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