Shire County Council of Durham elections from 1973 to 2005


A total of 194 Shire County Council Wards held elections in Durham between 1973 and 2005. The database holds elections for 9 separate years over the 33 year period. Durham 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 Durham over the 33 years was 45.92%. This was 3.33 percentage points lower than the average for all Shire County Council Councils holding elections in the same year (49.25%). Turnout was higher than the average for Shire County Council councils in 1977 when it was 0.10 percentage points higher. Turnout was lower than the average for Shire County Council councils in 2005 when it was 7.44 percentage points lower.

The Party System

This section examines the party system in Durham 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 Durham between 1973 and 2005 was completely dominated by Labour candidates. These candidates won the most seats in all of the 9 elections held.

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