Responding to news that Denbighshire’s vote mix-up has been reversed, Paul Penlington said:

“It comes as a great relief that the judges have ruled in my favour and I hope that I will very shortly join my Labour colleagues on Denbighshire County Council. Most importantly this will mean the voters of Prestatyn North will get the Labour representation that they voted for in the election last May.

“I was originally very angry at the mistake made by the Returning Officer. It has caused a lot of unnecessary stress. This situation must not happen again and has caused delay and also significant, and unnecessary, cost.

“However I intend to now pour my energies in to representing my local area and working hard to repay the faith shown in me. Wales has suffered major cuts from the UK Coalition Government and here in Denbighshire we face a number of major challenges as we try to deliver the Council services expected by our local communities.”

Ann Jones AM added:

“We have a great Labour team, working hard to stand up for their constituents, and so I am pleased that the injustice suffered by Paul is finally coming to an end and that he will soon be able to join his colleagues on the council.

“The Welsh Labour Government is supporting our councils, with additional funding and support. Going forward, we must all work together to drive up standards in our local schools, to provide a decent standard of care and support to the most vulnerable citizens in our community and to boost jobs and growth in the local economy.

“I know Paul shares those aims and will do a great job for Prestatyn North.”