Shire County Council of Fife elections from 1974 to 1994


A total of 50 Shire County Council Wards held elections in Fife between 1974 and 1994. The database holds elections for 6 separate years over the 21 year period. Fife 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 Fife over the 21 years was 46.22%. This was 0.60 percentage points higher than the average for all Shire County Council Councils holding elections in the same year (45.62%). Turnout was higher than the average for Shire County Council councils in 1978 when it was 1.72 percentage points higher. Turnout was lower than the average for Shire County Council councils in 1974 when it was 0.88 percentage points lower.

The Party System

This section examines the party system in Fife 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 Fife between 1974 and 1994 was completely dominated by Labour candidates. These candidates won the most seats in all of the 6 elections held.

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