Conservative Zoe Metcalfe elected North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

The election was held following the resignation of Philip Alliot in the wake of comments he made about the murder of Sarah Everard. Credit: ITV News

Conservative Zoe Metcalfe has won the by-election to replace a police commissioner who resigned after making comments about Sarah Everard's murder.

The county councillor was elected North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime commissioner in the second round of voting, defeating Labour candidate Emma Scott-Spivey.

She said that she was "humbled and privileged" to have been elected as the county's new commissioner.

The former commissioner Philip Allot said that Sarah Everard, who was from York, should not have "submitted" to arrest by the police officer who murdered her.

He added that women needed to be more "streetwise" about the powers of arrest.

He was heavily criticised for the comments and was later given a vote of no confidence by the county's crime panel.

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.

The turnout for the election was very low, with just 13.94% of eligible voters going to the polls.

Ms Metcalfe secured 41,760 votes in the second round, with Ms Scott-Spivey gaining 26,895.

There were three other candidates knocked out in the first round, with independent Keith Tordoff gaining 14,988 votes, Liberal Democrat James Barker 9,499 and Sarah Barham-Brown of the Women's Equality Party 8,837.

Simon Dennis, chief executive of the office of the North Yorkshire police, fire & crime commissioner, said he was delighted to welcome Ms Metcalfe to the role and looked forward to working with her in the years ahead.