Image source, Conservative Party Image caption, The Police, Fire and Crime panel urged him to think about his position
A police chief whose comments on the Sarah Everard case have sparked outrage and resigned hours after a vote of no confidence.
North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Philip Allott has been regularly criticized for having urged women to be "streetwise " in a radio interview.
The backlash culminated with the unanimous vote passed by the Police, Fire and Crime Committee county.
In response, Mr Allott said he would "do the decent thing " and quit his post.
The Conservative commissioner had done collegee on several calls to step down since October 1, when he told Hfrance.fr Radio York that women should educate themselves about the powers of arrest, saying they should know "when they can be stopped and when they cannot be stopped ".
He made these comments after he appeared in the service of Met Police Officer Wayne Couzens had used her warrant card to wrongly arrest Ms. Everard for violating coronavirus guidelines.
Members of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime panel echoed calls for Mr Allott to step down and urged him to "go now " during the a meeting before Thursday's vote of no confidence.
In an open letter published hours later, Mr Allott said he spent both last few weeks trying to "restore confidence in my work as Commissioner ".
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 at all possible.
"It would take a lot of time and resources from my office and the many groups that do a great job of supporting victims.
Image source, Everard family Image caption, Sarah Everard, originally from York, was killed by the policeman on duty Wayne Couzens after falsely arresting her
He said he apologized "wholeheartedly" for his words, which did not reflect his point of view.
"I misspoke and I am devastated by the effect this has had on crime victims and the groups that support them " he said.
"I have tried to say it over and over again but I admit that what I said was not always heard as I expected. "
The letter will be submitted to officials, initiating the process of installing a replacement temporary for Mr. Allott.
After his resignation letter was made public, Mr. Allott tweeted that he had "become the story " and that he was a "distraction "to protect victims of violence.
He added: " Doing the right thing is difficult! "
'Awful comments '
Nick, shadow Secretary of State for Labor Thomas-Symonds said it was "relatively right " that Mr. Allott resigned.
Mr. Thomas-Symonds added: "His horrific comments show that misogyny must be fought and the community's response shows it will no longer be tolerated.
He said there was a lack of leadership from the Conservative Party who should have pushed him to quit earlier.
The Women's Equality Party said Mr Allott's resignation showed "the power of protest ", but addedhe should have resigned sooner after making these remarks. La Hfrance.fr is not responsible for the content of external sites. See original tweet on Twitter
Labor MP for York Central Rachael Maskell said the government had been too slow to respond to the fury that engulfed Mr Allott over his remarks. She tweeted : " Women must be listened to. "
Meanwhile, Labor West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin shared her thoughts were with Mrs Everard's family, who live in York and were Mr. Allott's constituents. She tweeted : " Finally. The right decision. "
The North Y branchorkshire of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), which previously said members were "outraged" by Mr Allott's comments, also welcomed his resignation.
In a tweet , the FBU said: " I hope her resignation will bring some comfort to Sarah Everard's family and friends and to all those affected by her shameful comments. "
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