THE Liberal Democrats have picked an environmental expert to fight for the party in Wantage at the next general election.

Richard Benwell, who lives in Great Coxwell, expects to stand in an election that might be called in the next few weeks.

He said he would aim to be the 'greenest MP in Parliament' if successful.

He added: "I want to refocus attention on what really matters: building a greener, fairer economy and a just society, and taking strong national and international action to stop climate change.”

It remains unclear whether current MP Ed Vaizey will be able to stand as a Conservative after the party withdrew its whip last week.