Richard Harrington has thanked his constituents ahead of his final day serving as Watford's MP.

Mr Harrington will not be standing in December's general election bringing his nine-and-a-half year tenure as Member of Parliament to a close.

In a letter sent to residents in Watford, Mr Harrington said: "As I begin my final day as your Member of Parliament, I wish to express that I am immensely thankful for having the privilege to serve our community.

"It has been a great honour to have represented you in Parliament for nearly a decade.

"My successor, whoever they may be, will be lucky to represent the country's finest constituency and I will always do my best to help them however I can.

"I look forward to continuing to support our community and I have no doubt that Watford has a bright future ahead of it.

"Finally, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support over these last nine years and for granting me the privilege of serving as your Member of Parliament."

Watford Observer:

Richard Harrington's letter

Mr Harrington announced at the end of August he would be retiring from his role.

Days later, Mr Harrington was stripped of his Conservative whip by Prime Minister Boris Johnson after he backed a bid to block a No-Deal Brexit.

His whip was restored last week.

Dean Russell has been announced as Watford Conservative's new parliamentary candidate.