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A ward in the United Kingdommarker is an electoral district at subnational level represented by one or more councillors. It is the primary unit of British administrative and electoral geography (except in the Isles of Scillymarker).

In Englandmarker, the London boroughs, the metropolitan boroughs and the non-metropolitan districts (including most unitary authorities) of Englandmarker, are divided into wards for elections. However, county council elections (including the Isle of Wightmarker unitary authority), instead use the term 'electoral division'. In shire county areas with both wards and electoral divisions, the two types of divisions may bear no relation to each other, but generally wards will be used as building blocks for county electoral divisions, or will be used as-is but electing fewer councillors.

In urban areas the wards within a local authority area generally contain roughly the same number of electors and elect three councillors. In local authorities with mixed urban and rural areas the number of councillors may vary from one to three depending on the size of the electorate. A ward can be coterminous with a civil parish or consist of groups of civil parishes. Larger civil parishes can be divided into two or more wards. Parish and community wards also exist, which are subdivisions of parishes or communities, and used for elections to parish and community councils. They need not bear any relation to district wards. The four most northerly ancient counties of England namely, Cumberlandmarker, Westmorlandmarker, County Durham and Northumberlandmarker were divided into administrative units called wards instead of hundreds or wapentakes, as in other counties.

In Walesmarker, the term 'electoral division' is used. All of Scotlandmarker is divided into wards for local government elections with each ward electing 3 or 4 councillors by Single Transferable Vote.

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