FOR the first time ever, Manilva has a foreign resident in the town hall.
British expat Dean Tyler Shelton is ‘over the moon’ after he was voted in as councillor in the May 24 local elections.
Representing the IU party, Shelton praised the ‘invaluable’ support of the town’s expat community.
“Many people said the IU was finished in Manilva after some of our members formed a new party,” he told the Olive Press.
“Happily we have proved them wrong.”
He added: “None of this would have been possible without the support of local expats and die hard local Spanish party members and their families.
“Over the next few days we have the unenviable task of trying to stabilise a secure pact with the party that will best represent the aspirations of the people of Manilva.
“I do believe that we will form part of the governing council, watch this space.”
Shelton was number four on the IU’s list which received four seats in a tight election.
The PSOE claimed five seats, while the Compromiso took four and the PP just three.
A total of nine seats are needed to govern, meaning the PSOE are likely to strike a pact with Compromiso or IU.