The Elections Centre

Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher are Associate Members of Nuffield College, Oxford.   Our aim in creating this website is to establish a major resource for local election data in the UK.



It’s arrived!! – the results of the 2022 local elections. We’ve been working again with the fabulous team based at the House of Commons Library whose splendid work on parliamentary elections has done much to disseminate those data more widely.

We’ve stopped producing hard-copy editions of the Handbooks. However, recent copies can be downloaded Local Elections Handbook 2021

Local Elections Handbook 2022

We have a limited number of copies of the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Handbooks for sale. Please get in touch should you wish to purchase these:
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


New data visualisation for Local Election Results

We recommend visitng Lawrence Ware’s website, Universal Ballot Database. Follow the link for viewing ward level maps which show the name, party and votes of the top-placed candidate at the most recent election for that ward. It also shows the electorate and turnout. The user can switch between different map views; the satellite option is particularly useful in our view.

Another feature of Universal Ballot Database is a searchable ballot results facility. This prompts the user, either singly or in combination for place name (local authority, parliamentary constituency, ward etc); candidate name (a candidate’s surname for example) and finally, party. This is a very powerful tool for exploring election results!!

Send any feedback to us and we’ll forward it on to Lawrence –

New data project for Local Election Result enthusiasts

Alan Willis, a major contributor to the Local Elections Database, has 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 we need help to fill in the gaps.  As more regional and local newspaper archives appear online this is a great project for anyone interested in their town’s local politics, party competition, candidates etc.

Please get in touch if you wish to participate in this great project.