This is The Elections Centre


Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher are Associate Members of Nuffield College, Oxford. The College is synonymous with the General Election Studies Series co-authored for many years by Sir David Butler.  This association is an important step in our aim to create a resource for local election data in the UK.


The 2017 Local Elections Handbook is now available as hard copy (wire-bound or perfect binding) and/or as a pdf download. Email (address below) if you’d like a copy.

Exciting new project for Local Election Result enthusiasts…

Alan Willis, a major contributor to the Local Elections Database, is busy building data sets for the non-county boroughs 1945-1972.  Alan compiled the three volume set of County Borough Results for this period (limited copies are still available if you email us) but is extending local election coverage to the smaller boroughs – Abergavenny to Yeovil. 

In some cases the results are reasonably good but there is still a great deal to be done. We need your help.  As more regional and local newspaper archives appear online this is a great project for anyone interested in local politics, party competition etc.

We’ve removed the previous links that were here prior to posting the latest files. These will include a worksheet that reveals what we already have/what is missing for each and every local authority.


If you want to become involved in this project then email us.




We are selling off our existing stock of Local Election Handbooks.  There are a small number of copies covering the 1990s (£5.00 each), 2000s (£10.00 each) and for 2010-2016 (£12.50 each) Postage is in addition.  Multiple purchases receive a discount – everything is negotiable.

If you want to get in touch about this or anything else then here’s the email: –


The website is a public resource thanks to a 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 users that continue to report mistakes (minor) and omissions (oops, sorry about that). We now have limited resources to correct these mistakes so have patience.


*** Try the council compositions calculator*** : We will be up-dating this soon – promise