Crime commission reacts to resignation of commissioner Philip Allott

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The chairman of a police panel, which cast a unanimous vote of no confidence in Philip Allott in his role as North Yorkshire Crime Commissioner, welcomed his resignation.

Speaking on behalf of the County Police, Fire and Crime Panel, Cllr Carl Les said this evening: “The views of the panel members were made extremely clear today and the commissioner was given a vote of no confidence after their statement about the commissioner’s tragic murder. Sarah Everard was taken unanimously.

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“While it is our duty to provide oversight of this crucial role and not the mandate to dismiss the Commissioner, we believed there was a lack of trust and confidence that made his position untenable and he had to go.

“We welcome that the panel’s views are taken into account and that Mr Allott listens to the public and the vast majority of his staff.

“We will call a special meeting of the panel to appoint an interim Police, Fire Brigade and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and arrangements will be made to elect a new Commissioner at the appropriate time.

“We hope the news of Mr Allott’s resignation will mean that the forward focus will be on the needs of crime victims, and particularly on initiatives to help all women and girls stay safe and protected here and across the country.”

In his resignation letter released this afternoon, Mr Allott said the resignation was the “honourable” thing to do to ensure victims’ voices were not drowned out by speculation that they would come.

early in the day committed to continuing the role despite the panel’s lack of confidence.

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