This is The Elections Centre

The website is intended as a public resource thanks partly to our most recent grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ES/L010011/1).

Much of the information derives from the British Local Elections Database, a project initiated in 1985.  This has been supported at different times by the ESRC, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Electoral Commission and EMAP plc.

Thanks to those users that have reported various mistakes (minor) and omissions (oops, sorry about that).


We are selling off our existing stock of Elections Handbooks for the pre-2013 period – yes, we know you can download most of them for free but these are real books!  Use the email below to ask about availability or indicate those years that you are interested in.

If you want to get in touch please write to our new email address –


*** Try the council compositions calculator*** : We will be up-dating this in the next couple of weeks