A parliamentary candidate for the Green Party has switched allegiances by joining the Liberal Democrat.

Alex Murray, who challenged for the Watford seat at the 2017 General Election, defected to the Lib Dems after witnessing the party’s work in his hometown.

He said: “I have been impressed with the record of the Liberal Democrat team locally.

“They have improved [Watford’s] parks and open spaces and we have an excellent recycling service.

“I am pleased that their mayoral candidate, Peter Taylor, has put improving bus services and introducing a bike hire scheme at the top of his list of priorities.

“At a national level I support the party's commitment to let the people have their say on the Brexit deal.”

Mr Murray was welcomed to his new party by its deputy leader, Jo Swinson, who was visiting Watford to lend her support to Mr Taylor.

The mayoral candidate welcomed Mr Murray’s decision to join the Liberal Democrats and said he will play a role in improving the town.

He said: “Naturally I am delighted that a young, enthusiastic campaigner such as Alex has joined us.

“We have already been out on the doorstep chatting with residents. It is great to have new people joining our campaign to make Watford an even better place to live.”

The Green Party was contacted for comment but did not respond at the time of going to print.