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Shire County Council of Cleveland elections from 1973 to 1993

Summary

A total of 128 Shire County Council Wards held elections in Cleveland between 1973 and 1993. The database holds elections for 6 separate years over the 21 year period. Cleveland 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 Cleveland over the 21 years was 35.73%. This was 4.95 percentage points lower than the average for all Shire County Council Councils holding elections in the same year (40.68%). Turnout was never exceeded the average for Shire County Council councils over the period. Turnout was lower than the average for Shire County Council councils in 1977 when it was 6.06 percentage points lower.

The Party System

This section examines the party system in Cleveland 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 Cleveland between 1973 and 1993 was largely dominated by Labour candidates. These candidates won the most seats in 5 of the 6 elections held. After Labour candidates, the next most successful group over the 21 years were Conservative 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
Labour5
Conservative1

Party Winning Most Seats by Year

197319771981198519891993
LabourConservativeLabourLabourLabourLabour
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