A former Watford MP could lead a different region altogether as she stands for election.

Although Friday (April 5) is the deadline for candidates to confirm they will be standing to become the first ever East Midlands mayor, former Labour MP Claire Ward was announced as the party’s candidate in August last year.

The role will be similar to that of Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram, and would involve access to up to £4 billion in funding to boost the area.

Ms Ward has lived in Nottinghamshire for over a decade since the end of her 1997-to-2010 term as Watford’s mayor. She currently serves as chair of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust having held other roles in the community pharmacy sector since 2011.

On her campaign website, the former MP said: “This election is a once in a generation opportunity to bring pride back to our villages, town, and cities.

“If I’m elected on 2nd May, I will make this region the best place to live, work and learn.”

Watford Observer: Claire Ward outside Watford General Hospital.Claire Ward outside Watford General Hospital. (Image: Newsquest)