Shire County Council of Tayside elections from 1974 to 1994


A total of 48 Shire County Council Wards held elections in Tayside between 1974 and 1994. The database holds elections for 6 separate years over the 21 year period. Tayside 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 Tayside over the 21 years was 45.51%. This was 0.11 percentage points lower 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 1982 when it was 2.43 percentage points higher. Turnout was lower than the average for Shire County Council councils in 1974 when it was 3.40 percentage points lower.

The Party System

This section examines the party system in Tayside 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 Conservative candidates won most seats in more years than other candidates they by no means dominated the elections held between 1974 and 1994. These candidates won the most seats in 3 of the 6 elections held. After Conservative candidates, the next most successful group over the 21 years were Labour candidates. These candidates won the most seats in 2 of the 6 elections held.

Number of Years Party Won Most Seats

Party NameNumber of Years

Party Winning Most Seats by Year

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