The Watford Liberal Democrats have said they are ready for an early general election as the seat is thrown wide open at the news of Richard Harrington MP's resignation.
Richard Harrington MP, who has always opposed a No Deal Brexit, announced he will be standing down at the next election as MP for Watford after 9 years.
Cllr Ian Stotesbury, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Watford, said, 'Although we have often disagreed I'd like to pay tribute to Richard who has always worked hard for people in Watford. It's clear that he, like many others, could not defend the Government's reckless attitude towards a No Deal Brexit which could cost nearly 3000 jobs in Watford and hurt our local economy – not to mention the social fabric of an inclusive, vibrant, town.
With a Labour Party who have shown time and time again they cannot be relied upon, residents can rest assured only the Liberal Democrats will demand an Exit from Brexit. I am already out on the doorstep speaking to residents, serving as a councillor, and working to understand their concerns. I am ready to champion Watford in Parliament.'
Liberal Democrat Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said, ''I've always found Richard to be a diligent MP for Watford who was determined to do his best for local residents. I wish him well for the future.
‘It's now clear that the race to be Watford's next MP is wide open. The Liberal Democrats in Watford are on the up. We have topped the poll at the European Elections and got our best ever local election results in the seat earlier this year. We can win in Watford. I couldn't think of anyone better placed than Ian Stotesbury to succeed Richard Harrington and be our new voice in Parliament.'