Graham Joseph Percival (Conservatives) - 444 votesAmanda June Wiggan (Labour) - 138 votesPaul Penlington - (Liberal Democrats) - 127 votesAlan Warrington (Independent) - 38 votesGary Alexander Bourne (Independent) - 24 votes
It was certainly a very impressive victory for the Tories, who were out in numbers on the night. Labour, however, were not even present at the count, a very poor show indeed. Their lack of effort has clearly been reflected in their result, which has seen their vote collapse in the face of a landslide win for the Tories, and a strong result from ourselves.
We were clearly disappointed with the result, but not disheartened. We will continue to be a prominent voice for the people of Rhyl and Prestatyn, and will build on the support we have already built up on the ground to carry us to a electoral victory in the near future.
Update (23rd April 2009): I stand corrected on the results. Alan Warrington got 32, June Wiggan for Labour 183, and Gary Bourne 25. Full results can be viewed in PDF format here.
Paul has also offered his congratulations:
"Following the Prestatyn central town council by-election I would like to offer sincere congratulations to the new Conservative councillor, Graham Percival. He received a large number of votes, more than all the other candidates received put together. The residents of
Central Prestatyn, those that took part in the democratic process, made a clear choice of elected representative. As a believer in democracy I feel we must now support the newly elected councillor and allow him time to make his mark in Prestatyn's Conservative led town council. Considering the number of negative letters received by the local press about our council, it is somewhat surprising that Graham won with such a large majority. However, as people had their chance to vote for a new representive we must go with their choice. Mr Percival, as far as I know, is an honest and upright individual so I hope he can help make changes the council urgently needs. I look forward to commenting on his progress in due course and I'm sure he looks forward to more letters in your paper (Ed: The Journal)."