Shire County Council of Lancashire elections from 1973 to 2017


A total of 276 Shire County Council Wards held elections in Lancashire between 1973 and 2017. The database holds elections for 12 separate years over the 45 year period. Lancashire 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 Lancashire over the 45 years was 45.26%. This was 0.37 percentage points lower 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 1985 when it was 1.99 percentage points higher. Turnout was lower than the average for Shire County Council councils in 2005 when it was 3.49 percentage points lower.

The Party System

This section examines the party system in Lancashire 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.

Labour candidates won more seats than the other candidates in over half of elections held between 1973 and 2017. These candidates won the most seats in 8 of the 12 elections held. After Labour candidates, the next most successful group over the 45 years were Conservative candidates. These candidates won the most seats in 4 of the 12 elections held.

Number of Years Party Won Most Seats

Party NameNumber of Years

Party Winning Most Seats by Year

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