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Shire County Council of Isle Of Wight elections from 1973 to 1993

Summary

A total of 78 Shire County Council Wards held elections in Isle Of Wight between 1973 and 1993. The database holds elections for 6 separate years over the 21 year period. Isle Of Wight 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 Isle Of Wight over the 21 years was 47.70%. This was 7.01 percentage points higher 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 1977 when it was 10.31 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 Isle Of Wight 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.

Although Liberal Democrat candidates won most seats in more years than other candidates they by no means dominated the elections held between 1973 and 1993. These candidates won the most seats in 3 of the 6 elections held. After Liberal Democrat candidates, the next most successful group over the 21 years were Independent 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
Liberal Democrat3
Independent1
Conservative1
Liberal1

Party Winning Most Seats by Year

197319771981198519891993
IndependentConservativeLiberalLiberal DemocratLiberal DemocratLiberal Democrat
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