The Green Party has revealed who it will put forward in the race to become the next MP for Witham.

James Abbott, county councillor for Witham North, has been chosen to be the party's parliamentary candidate in the constituency.

Mr Abbott stood for the Greens in the previous general election in 2017 where he won 3.7 per cent of the vote.

He took to Twitter to confirm he would be standing again and thanked party members for their support.

He says one of his key pledges will be to campaign against proposals for the West Tey garden community.

Mr Abbott said in a statement: "This is being called the ‘Brexit Election’ but the Greens are saying given the urgency, this must also be the ‘Climate Election’.

"Our party has set out an ambitious and positive set of policies to transform Britain towards net zero carbon.

"Locally as Green councillors we are already working hard to deliver on measures that will help towards those goals but are seeing the Tories in control at Braintree Council oppose many of our proposals.

"Working with my election team we will be making sure that every address in the constituency receives our policy pledges which set out issues of importance to Witham constituents."

Mr Abbott is a district councillor for Silver End and Cressing. He is also the leader of the main opposition on Braintree Council, the Green and Independent group.

He will be standing against the Conservative's Priti Patel, Labour's Martin Edobor and Lib Dem Sam North in the upcoming General Election, which will be held on December 12.

The Brexit Party says it will also be contesting the Witham seat but has yet to confirm its candidate.