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Shire County Council of Devon elections from 1973 to 2017

Summary

A total of 240 Shire County Council Wards held elections in Devon between 1973 and 2017. The database holds elections for 12 separate years over the 45 year period. Devon 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 Devon over the 45 years was 48.44%. This was 2.81 percentage points higher than the average for all Shire County Council Councils holding elections in the same year (45.63%). Turnout was higher than the average for Shire County Council councils in 2001 when it was 5.54 percentage points higher. Turnout was never lower than the average for Shire County Council councils over the period.

The Party System

This section examines the party system in Devon 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 Devon between 1973 and 2017 was largely dominated by Conservative candidates. These candidates won the most seats in 9 of the 12 elections held. After Conservative candidates, the next most successful group over the 45 years were Liberal Democrat candidates. These candidates won the most seats in 3 of the 12 elections held.

Number of Years Party Won Most Seats

Party NameNumber of Years
Conservative9
Liberal Democrat3

Party Winning Most Seats by Year

197319771981198519891993199720012005
ConservativeConservativeConservativeConservativeConservativeLiberal DemocratLiberal DemocratConservativeLiberal Democrat
2005200920132017
Liberal DemocratConservativeConservativeConservative
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