Shire County Council of Somerset elections from 1973 to 2017


A total of 212 Shire County Council Wards held elections in Somerset between 1973 and 2017. The database holds elections for 12 separate years over the 45 year period. Somerset 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 Somerset over the 45 years was 47.78%. This was 2.15 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 1989 when it was 6.97 percentage points higher. Turnout was lower than the average for Shire County Council councils in 1973 when it was 3.90 percentage points lower.

The Party System

This section examines the party system in Somerset 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.

Conservative 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 7 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 5 of the 12 elections held.

Number of Years Party Won Most Seats

Party NameNumber of Years
Liberal Democrat5

Party Winning Most Seats by Year

ConservativeConservativeConservativeLiberal DemocratConservativeLiberal DemocratLiberal DemocratLiberal DemocratLiberal Democrat
Liberal DemocratConservativeConservativeConservative
©2018 uniballot.net Site Map  Contact Us