We are delighted to announce that The Elections Centre is now located at the University of Exeter. Colin Rallings & Michael Thrasher have become Honorary Professors there and are joined as Co-Director by Dr Hannah Bunting. She is Lecturer in Quantitative British Politics at the Centre for Computational Social Science and a member of the Department for Social and Political Sciences, Philosophy and Athropology.

The Centre’s extensive archive has been transported to Exeter from Nuffield College which kindly hosted it for a number of years. Already, exciting developments are being planned and implemented. Dr Bunting recently hosted a post local election seminar at Exeter, with speakers including Professor Tony Travers (LSE), Dr Mark Pack (author and president of the Liberal Democrats) and Dr Greg Stride (LGiU). The Centre’s website is to undergo a re-design, making it easier for visitors to access and download details of local elections from the late 19th century onwards.

The 2024 general election is being fought on new constituency boundaries. Rallings and Thrasher were commissioned by BBC, ITV News, Sky News, and PA Media to provide a set of estimated results for the 2019 general election for the revised constituencies. These agreed estimates will be used by all print and broadcast media to identify the key marginals, measure change in vote share, seat gains and losses and much else as elections results appear on July 4. The Elections Centre is providing this valuable information as a free download.
The Guide shows the ‘Notional Results’, providing estimated votes and percentage share for each constituency. This also shows the Index of Change, the extent to which a constituency has changed as a result of boundary revisions. The local council wards that comprise the new constituency are listed. A separate section provides the actual results in the old constituencies for the 2019 general election and how those seats have been dispersed following the changes. There are various Tables, including the rank order of each party’s “swing to gain” targets.

The Guide can be downloaded here: Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies 2024
The 2023 results can be downloaded here.
Local Elections Handbook 2023
The 2022 version is here: Local Elections Handbook 2022
The 2021 Hanbook, which includes local elections taking place then that were postponed from 2020 are here: Local Elections Handbook 2021
Recently we’ve been working with staff at the fabulous House of Commons Library to collect the local election results. There is now a page on local elections on their website where you can download Local Election Handbooks and Excel data files containing details for each candidate, including surname, forename, party label, vote and identifying the ward/local authority where they stood. There are also data on ward electorates and turnout.
Click here to access the website: House of Commons link 2023

All three volumes of the historical London election results compiled and published by Alan Willis and John Woollard are now available. An amazing piece of work and a great resource for election enthusiasts. Volume 3 summarises the voting for each ward in each election from 1889 to 1998.

Volume 1 available here



Volume 2 available here




Volume 3 available here