The Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate hustings will take place on Friday.

The candidates will state their cases before members of the party who will then vote on who to put forward for the General Election in May next year.

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill has refused to rule out standing in next year’s parliamentary election despite running for and winning a fourth term at town hall in May.

Veteran councillor Rabi Martins, who represents the central ward on Watford Borough Council, is also challenging for the candidacy.

Mr Martins applied to be the Lib Dem candidate for Watford in 2004 but was beaten by Sal Brinton, who was the party’s candidate in 2005 and 2010.

The retired business consultant has stated he will try and convince the party "having an excellent MP and an excellent mayor would be an unbeatable dream team".

The winner will battle Labour’s Matt Turmaine, UKIP’s Nick Lincoln and Conservative Richard Harrington for the seat.

Jon Whitehouse, returning officer for the Liberal Democrat party, said an announcement would be made after the hustings on Friday.

He said: "It’s an internal selection. An announcement will be made after the husting meeting takes place and everyone votes."