But despite calling his own comments “absolutely ridiculous” and “pathetic”, Philip Allott, North Yorkshire police, fire and crime commissioner, told an online public meeting he would not step down from his £74,400 role.
He had been accused of victim blaming after he said in a radio interview that women should be more “streetwise” about powers of arrest and that Everard, whose family live in York, should not have “submitted” to arrest by her killer Wayne Couzens, a serving police officer.
The North Yorkshire fire and crime panel had received 121 complaints and Allott’s office more than 800, the panel heard.
The prime minister was said to have been “outraged” by Allott’s comments.
All 11 members of the panel, which is made up of local councillors and two independent members of the public, gave him a vote of no confidence in continuing in his role.
That vote effectively brought the meeting to a close.
The panel had no powers to sanction the commissioner, but the members who spoke during the meeting urged him to go, saying he had lost the confidence of the public.