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Shire County Council of Berkshire elections from 1973 to 1993

Summary

A total of 155 Shire County Council Wards held elections in Berkshire between 1973 and 1993. The database holds elections for 6 separate years over the 21 year period. Berkshire 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.

Participation

Average participation in Berkshire over the 21 years was 40.14%. This was 0.54 percentage points lower than the average for all Shire County Council Councils holding elections in the same year (40.68%). Turnout was higher than the average for Shire County Council councils in 1993 when it was 5.28 percentage points higher. Turnout was lower than the average for Shire County Council councils in 1989 when it was 3.38 percentage points lower.

The Party System

This section examines the party system in Berkshire 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.

In terms of candidates elected, the party system in Berkshire between 1973 and 1993 was largely dominated by Conservative candidates. These candidates won the most seats in 5 of the 6 elections held. After Conservative candidates, the next most successful group over the 21 years were Liberal Democrat candidates. These candidates won the most seats in 1 of the 6 elections held.

Number of Years Party Won Most Seats

Party NameNumber of Years
Conservative5
Liberal Democrat1

Party Winning Most Seats by Year

197319771981198519891993
ConservativeConservativeConservativeConservativeConservativeLiberal Democrat
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