North Yorkshire crime commissioner quits after 'streetwise' comments in wake of Sarah Everard murder
By SEAMLESS DAILY
14 October 2021
The head of North Yorkshire's policing has quit after coming under fire for his comments on women's safety in the wake of Sarah Everard's murder.
Couzens, a Metropolitan Police officer, used his position to falsely arrest the 33-year-old for breaking lockdown rules in order to kidnap her before raping and murdering her.
His resignation comes after the North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner unanimously voted in favour of a vote of no confidence in him earlier today.
Members of North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime panel had echoed calls for Mr Allott to quit and urged him to "go now" at a meeting prior to Thursday's no-confidence vote.
He also stood for Parliament as a Conservative candidate in Halifax in 2010 and 2015.
North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Philip Allott had faced sustained criticism for urging women to be "streetwise" in a radio interview.
Mr Allott made the comments during an interview on BBC Radio York and were branded 'horrifically offensive' by critics.
Selby District Councillor Tim Grogan, a former police officer, said the commissioner's comments would have been "lamentable" regardless of who said them.
go- and go now," he added.
The Conservative commissioner had faced multiple calls to stand down since 1 October, when he told BBC Radio York that women should educate themselves about powers of arrest, saying they should know "when they can be arrested and when they can't be arrested".
'Perhaps women need to consider in terms of the legal process, to just learn a bit about that legal process. '
shadow home secretary nick thomas-symonds said : 'it's absolutely right that philip allott had resigned.
'his awful comments show that misogyny needs tackling, and the community response to them shows it will no longer be tolerated.
She said :' I think frankly that was a horrifically offensive thing to say.
A police boss whose comments on the Sarah Everard case sparked outrage has resigned hours after a no-confidence vote.
He made the comments after it emerged serving Met Police officer Wayne Couzens had used his warrant card to falsely arrest Ms Everard for breaching coronavirus guidelines.
in an open letter issued hours later, mr allott said he had spent the past two weeks trying "to rebuild trust and confidence.
announcing his resignation, he wrote : "following this morning's meeting of the police and crime panel it seems clear to me that the task will be exceptionally difficult, if it is possible at all.
"It would take a long time and a lot of resources of my office and the many groups who do excellent work supporting victims."
After his resignation letter was made public, Mr Allott tweeted that he had "become the story" and was a "distraction" to protecting victims of violence.
He said there was a lack of leadership from the Conservative Party which should have pushed him to resign earlier.
the women's equality party said mr allott's hands.
york central labour mp rachael maskell said the government had been too slow to respond to the furore that had engulfed mr allott following his remarks, and accused the media of "raking over a major mistake" with continued coverage.
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I was pleased that so many victims' groups had accepted that I was genuinely sorry and were willing to work with me to help me in the mammoth task I had ahead.
Allott had faced a growing chorus of criticism since his comments 13 days ago, including from Boris Johnson, Priti Patel and Keir Starmer.
Mr Allott told the meeting that nothing would ever get done if everyone resigned and he believed he could regain people's trust.
"i believe your position now."
The panel is now writing to the Home Office to ask for powers of recall for police commissioners to be introduced.
"I would like to apologise for the impact of that answer to Sarah Everard's family and all the victims of violence," he said.
The vote follows a letter from almost all of the commissioner's staff saying he had brought the office into "disrepute" with his "misogynistic" remarks.
In the letter, staff said they were "shocked" a person holding his office "could hold, let alone voice, such misogynistic views".
Employees said his words had undermined their work and impacted upon their relationships with colleagues working for the county's police force and fire service.
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