LABOUR have announced their candidate for the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner by-election.

Emma Scott-Spivey, from Thirsk, is a 23-year-old student paramedic who applied after hearing former Conservative commissioner Philip Allott’s comments about Sarah Everard.

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Mr Allott was forced to resign over the comments, causing the coming by-election.

Born and raised in North Yorkshire, Emma is the daughter of two police officers and says trust needs to be rebuilt after Mr Allott's comments.

She said: “The police are facing unprecedented challenges – not just from savage cuts to funding but also due to a breakdown in trust.

"That trust must be rebuilt and the damage done by Phillip Allott must be repaired.

“People in North Yorkshire need a commissioner who recognises their concerns and works to address them.

"One who puts local people above party politics.

“And our police and fire services must have a commissioner who they can trust, who understands the sacrifices they make every day and the pressures the face.

"They need a commissioner who will fight to make sure they have the resources they need to keep us safe.”

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The Conservative candidate is district and county councillor Zoe Metcalfe.

The North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel will meet next Thursday, November 4, to consider the appointment of an Acting Commissioner until the election on November 25.

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