Former MP Chris Davies has been selected by the Conservative Party to fight for the parliamentary seat he lost after more than 10,000 constituents signed a petition to remove him.

The 51-year-old was sacked as MP for Brecon and Radnorshire on Friday following a recall petition triggered by his conviction for faking expenses claims.

Local party members confirmed Mr Davies would stand as the Tory candidate for the forthcoming by-election in a vote held in Talgarth on Sunday evening.

Following the vote Mr Davies, who held the seat since 2015, said he was "the right person" for the contest.

"I would like to thank members of my local association for supporting me, and putting their faith in me once again", he said.

"I look forward to campaigning over the next few weeks and winning back this seat, so that I can continue to work hard for the people of Brecon and Radnorshire."

He added: "A lot has been achieved over the past four years, but there is so much more to do, and I am the right person to do it."

Chairman of Brecon and Radnorshire Conservatives, Peter Weavers, said: "Chris is local, he knows the area, he knows the constituents, knows the issues and problems we face, and that matters.

"Chris is not simply a one-issue wannabe politician, as his record shows. He has our full backing."

The Liberal Democrats, the Brexit Party and Labour have also announced they will contest the seat.

The Tory Party must call a by-election after 19 per cent of constituents - well above the 10 per cent threshold needed for a recall - ousted Mr Davies from his job, though a date has yet to be fixed.

But it could be the first electoral test for the new prime minister, as the contest for Conservative Party leader is likely to have finished before it is held.

Mr Davies was convicted in March after he admitted submitting two false expenses invoices for nine photographs costing £700 to decorate his new office.

He was fined £1,500, ordered to pay £2,500 towards legal costs and told to carry out 50 hours of community service.

Responding to the the news that the Brecon and Radnorshire Conservative Association has reselected Chris Davies as its candidate, a Welsh Liberal Democrat spokesperson said: "Over 10,000 people signed the recall petition and decisively rejected Chris Davies because they had enough of an MP putting Brecon and Radnorshire on the map for all the wrong reasons.

"By adopting Chris Davies again the Conservatives have demonstrated they can offer nothing more than an MP embroiled in controversy. People deserve better.

"This by-election is a clear choice between the same old broken politics from the Conservatives, or a chance to demand better for our communities with Jane Dodds and the Welsh Liberal Democrats."