Police commissioner candidates step forward ahead of election

Photo: North Yorkshire Police.

Three people have now announced they will be standing to be North Yorkshire’s next police, fire and crime commissioner.

An election will be held on November 25 following the resignation of Philp Allott.

Mr Allott resigned due following the reaction to his comments made about women’s safety following the murder of Sarah Everard.

Emma Scott-Spivey.

Emma Scott-Spivey, 23, from Thirsk, is a student paramedic and the daughter of two police officers.

She is standing for Labour.

The student said she wanted to rebuild trust in the role of commissioner and would put “people above party politics”.

She aims to target violence against women and girls, eliminate county line drug dealing and crackdown on crimes against the elderly.

“We have police officers, like my parents, who despite dwindling resources and reduced funding, dedicate their lives to making communities fairer and safer.

“We need a commissioner who will restore trust and give a voice to all of those people.”

Zoe Metcalfe sits on Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council and also works as project manager for a property company.

She said her campaign would “focus on improving safety for women and girls across North Yorkshire, supporting victims of crime and tackling serious and organised crime”.

“I am passionate about making our communities and societies safe, especially for women and girls, on the streets and at home, day and night,” she said.

“People living and working across North Yorkshire want to feel safe and have full confidence in their police and fire services.”

Former police officer Keith Tordoff has also announced he is standing again.

Mr Tordoff said: “The resignation of the Conservative Commissioner was vitally important to help rebuild and restore confidence in the police, for all women, victims of crime, their families, friends and people of North Yorkshire.

“The fallout from the circumstances leading to the Commissioner’s resignation has undoubtedly undermined the great work that the Police, Fire and Rescue Services of North Yorkshire do every hour of every day.”

Other political parties are yet to announce their candidates.