Watford Mayor Peter Taylor will once again stand for the Liberal Democrats in the upcoming mayoral elections.

Mr Taylor was unanimously voted by the town's Lib Dem party to stand for Mayor of Watford in the next scheduled election in May 2022.

He has served as the town’s Mayor since 2018, previously having also been deputy mayor, an Oxhey Ward Councillor and a teacher.

Mr Taylor said his priorities would be to create more jobs, make the town greener and support those most in need should he be re-elected.

He said: “It has been a privilege to serve as Watford’s mayor since 2018. Watford is certainly no ordinary town and I have loved meeting so many residents and local groups.

“The local Liberal Democrat team have a record of working hard for the town and have made a difference – introducing the popular Beryl bikes, reducing the number of people sleeping rough on our streets and opening the brilliant new facilities at Oxhey Activity Park.

“We will always stand up for our town and must continue to fight the unfair and unrealistic housing targets set for Watford by the government.”

Mr Taylor added that the coronavirus pandemic has been the “biggest challenge we have faced” since becoming Mayor.

He said: “We will always remember with sadness the lives lost and the sacrifices made by so many. But we will also be proud of the service of frontline workers and the way our town came together, helped those most in need and supported local businesses.

“The council has supported the NHS throughout and I’m grateful to all of those who have helped with the vaccinations at the Town Hall.

“As we recover from the pandemic, I’m determined that we work together to make Watford an even better place for everyone. That is why I will be standing in this election.”

Binita Mehta-Parmar has been selected to run for the Conservatives when the elections for Watford's next mayor take place next year.

Labour is yet to annouce its candidate.