The Liberal Democrat standing in a new cross-border constituency has described the endorsement of a Green rival by one of his party's former MPs as "interesting".

John Shreeve was announced as the Lib Dem General Election candidate for Waveney Valley, just days after former North Norfolk Lib Dem MP Sir Norman Lamb urged people to vote for Green Adrian Ramsay in the newly-created seat.

Eastern Daily Press: John Shreeve, Liberal Democrat candidate for Waveney ValleyJohn Shreeve, Liberal Democrat candidate for Waveney Valley (Image: Liberal Democrats)

Mr Shreeve, 64, who lives in Somerleyton and runs a business in Gorleston, said: "It is interesting that Sir Norman chose to make those comments.

"He made them in full knowledge of the power and reputation which he has.

"Everyone is free to make their case and that is what I will be doing, according to my principles.

"The extent to which the Greens have gone to the left concerns me.

"It is up to each party to make the case and voters should be allowed to decide who they want to vote for."

Eastern Daily Press: Sir Norman LambSir Norman Lamb (Image: Supplied)

Mr Shreeve added: "My main interest, which I think will make my approach to this election different, is the proper meaning of what it is to be a free and equal citizen and the philosophy behind liberalism.

"I am going to campaign about the disillusionment I think people feel with politics.

"My feeling is that, for most people, Brexit had very little to do with Europe, but was the only way they had to express their disillusionment with the political system."

The grandfather-of-two said issues for Waveney Valley - which includes Diss and Harleston in Norfolk, along with Bungay and Eye in Suffolk included pylon plans, pollution, mental health support and services for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Eastern Daily Press: Green candidate Adrian RamsayGreen candidate Adrian Ramsay (Image: Green Party)

Mr Shreeve has been chair of the East Suffolk Lib Dems and Suffolk committee, while he sits on the national Lib Dem federal policy committee.

Last year he stood as a Great Yarmouth borough council candidate.

Waveney Valley is a Green target seat. In backing former Norwich City Council Green group leader Mr Ramsay, Sir Norman said: "If you see capable people running for parliament from other parties, you should be willing to say so."

Other Waveney Valley candidates are Scott Huggins (Reform UK), Dr Gurpreet Padda (Labour), Richard Rout (Conservative) and Maya Severyn (Social Democrat Party).