A WOMEN's equality party have demanded that Philip Allott resign at a rush hour protest outside York train station yesterday.

A group from the Women's Equality Party assembled at 8am waving signs and urging people to hold Mr Allott, Police Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, to account at a public hearing on October 14.

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Last Friday, Mr Allott stated on a BBC Radio York interview that Sarah Everard should have been more "streetwise," and "should never have submitted" to her arrest.

Mr Allott has since retracted his comment and apologised, however, Women's Equality Party protestors feel that this was not enough.

Holly Rothwell, Leeds branch leader, said: "Yet another apology won’t end male violence against women and girls.

"Allott’s original comments show how he truly feels: women are to blame for male violence. Instead of an apology, the women of North Yorkshire need Allott to step aside. We demand a Police Commissioner who will shut down victim-blaming culture and drive a fundamental attitude shift towards women victims of sexual violence.”

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“This will keep pressure on Mr Allott to do the right thing by the women of North Yorkshire” said Rothwell, “and let him know that his apology is not sufficient, and we demand much better from our police.”


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