Liberal Democrats around Watford have welcomed their party's new leader.

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson was elected leader of the party yesterday (Monday), after the retirement of former leader Sir Vince Cable.

The former deputy leader won with over 60 per cent of members votes and her campaign was supported by Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor, parliamentary candidate Cllr Ian Stotesbury and Three Rivers Council leader Cllr Sara Bedford.

Her husband and former MP Duncan Hames having grown up in Carpenders Park and attended Watford Boys Grammar School. His mother Pam Hames was a Three Rivers district councillor.

Mr Hames is the current Honorary President of the Watford Liberal Democrats and Ms Swinson visits the area regularly.

Cllr Ian Stotesbury, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Watford, said: 'It's brilliant to see Jo Swinson become the new Leader of the Lib Dems.

"Jo is leading our party forward - rightly setting our sights on number 10. At a time when Labour still do not have a position on one of the biggest issues of the time and the Conservatives are taking us towards a disastrous No Deal Brexit, it is clear the Liberal Democrats are needed now more than ever.

"The Liberal Democrat message of fairness, internationalism, environmentalism and political reform is the answer. I look forward to campaigning with Jo to get the best for Watford and the surrounding area."