Video: Police Fire and Crime Commissioner confirms he will not be resigning over comments he made about Sarah Everard
The Conservative Police Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire has said again he will not resign over comments he made about the Sarah Everard case.
Philip Allott is facing mounting criticism after he suggested that women “need to be streetwise” and that Ms Everard, who was from York but lived in London, “never should have submitted” to arrest.
He told BBC Look North that he was deeply sorry for the comment but it was more important that he carry through the mandate he was elected to do.
During the sentencing of Wayne Couzens, the Met Police Officer who killed her, it emerged he tricked Ms Everard by falsely arresting her for a breach of Covid-19 guidelines.
When it was put to Mr Allott that he had had 800 complaints to his office and 9,000 people had signed the petition calling for him to go he pointed out that 83,000 people had voted for him in North Yorkshire which was more than any Member of Parliament.
He has attracted much criticism from people like the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. The Fire Brigades Union in North Yorkshire said his apologies were hollow.