Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:
|Party in control||Years|
|Social and Liberal Democrats||1989-1993|
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||1998-2005|
|No overall control||2013–present|
Local elections of 1981 to Isle of Wight County Council, a county council in south east England, were held on 7 May 1981. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 1977 increasing the number of seats by 1. The election resulted in a council with Liberal members forming a majority.2005 Isle of Wight Council election
The 2005 Isle of Wight Council elections were held on the Isle of Wight, England, on 5 May 2005. The result led to a landslide Conservative victory gaining 22 councillors, leading the Isle of Wight to Conservative control from no overall control previously.2009 Isle of Wight Council election
The 2009 Isle of Wight Council elections were held on Thursday 4 June 2009.
After a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, the number of seats on the council was reduced from 48 single-member wards, to a 40-member council, consisting of 38 single member wards, and one double-member ward.2013 Isle of Wight Council election
The 2013 Isle of Wight Council election was held on 2 May 2013 to elect all 40 members for a four-year term to the Isle of Wight Council, a unitary authority which governs the Isle of Wight. Going into the election, the Conservative Party was looking to gain a third term in power after first being elected to overall control in 2005, but in one of the shock results of the wider local elections being held in the country, the Conservatives lost overall control of the council, having been reduced to 15 seats, 6 short of a majority of 21. The 'Island Independents', a mutually supporting group of candidates and councillors running as independents, gained the same number of seats, whilst other independents, UKIP, Labour, and a Liberal Democrat made up the remainder.
Emblematic of the election, the Conservative leader of the council, David Pugh, lost his own seat to an Island Independent. The popular perception of the reasons for the Conservative losses was, in the words of OnTheWight, 'It's widely thought that the way they implemented the financial cuts turned the Island against them. Particularly unpopular was the wholesale closing of the Tourist Information centres and public toilets.' With neither the Conservatives or the Island Independents gaining a majority outright, control of the authority was initially in doubt, but on 8 May the Island Independents announced the five non-aligned independents would be joining their group.2017 Isle of Wight Council election
The 2017 Isle of Wight Council election took place on 4 May 2017 as part of the 2017 local elections in the United Kingdom. All 40 Councillors were elected from 39 electoral divisions, which each returned either one or two Councillors by first-past-the-post voting for a four-year term of office.
The result of the election saw the Isle of Wight Conservatives re-take majority control of the Isle of Wight Council after electing 25 Councillors. The Island Independents, who after the previous election had formed the ruling group dropped to eight. Elsewhere, the Liberal Democrats had a net gain of one, whilst Labour had a net loss of one. The results also saw the Green Party gain its first Isle of Wight Councillor, whilst UKIP lost both of its two Councillors.
|Isle of Wight Council|
|Medina Borough Council|
|South Wight Borough Council|