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The Conservative candidate, Zoë Metcalfe, has just been elected as the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
Ms Metcalfe received 34 385 first choice votes and 7375 second choice votes, giving her 41 760 votes in total. Emma Scott-Spivey, the Labour candidate, came second with 26 895 votes in total.
Turnout, whilst typically low, was lower than usual at 13.94 percent which constituted 86,973 votes in total. Turnout in York, specifically, was 12.74 percent. This by-election was called following the resignation of Philip Allott in October after he made controversial comments about the need for women to know “when they can be arrested and when they can't be arrested.”
Ms Metcalfe was previously a councillor for Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council. She has promised to tackle anti-social behaviour as well as taking action on violence against women and girls.