Dorothy Thornhill said it is "full steam ahead" with plans to improve Watford after being re-elected as Watford Mayor.

Mayor Thornhill secured a victory for the Liberal Democrats with more than 50 per cent of the vote. She received 11,963 votes in total in Thursday's poll.

Her nearest rival was Steve O'Brien of the Conservative Party with 4,838 votes, followed by Labour's Ruth Ellis with 4,062 votes.

Steve Rackett of the Green Party received 2,522 votes.

Speaking after the result was announced in the early hours of Friday morning, Mayor Thornhill said: "We were confident but not complacent. It is a hard task facing the electorate on your record.

"I feel very proud that they are saying to me 'we like what you are doing, do a bit more'."

The turnout was 39.2 per cent and 986 ballot papers were spoiled.