A former councillor who launched a “soft porn” YouTube channel where she read erotic poetry in “sexy police gear” wants to stand as a Police and Crime Commissioner.

Anna Semlyen, 51, has uploaded some 100 poems and spoken word performances to the channel, Anna's Authentic Arts, where she speaks on a wide range of subjects while wearing revealing lingerie.

She said she started it as she was feeling “lonely” and “depressed”.

She is standing for the Police and Crime Commissioner role in North Yorkshire, which was vacated by the departure of Philip Allott who stepped down after a backlash when he urged women to be more “streetwise” following Sarah Everard’s death.

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She has uploaded some 100 poems and spoken word performances to the channel, Anna's Authentic Art (

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Miss Semlyen, who was elected as Labour councillor in 2011, put her name forward for the £74,440 a year position afterwards.

She said: “If you look at women’s safety overall – it’s not just sexual safety but road safety.

“The number of women who are experiencing problems to do with the patriarchy and the entitlement of men, not just the males gaze but comments that are unwanted all the way up to rape and abuse and murder, as happened to Sarah Everard, is more concerning than ever.

“He was telling women to understand their arrest rights, and for that, he had to resign. This is why women’s issues are at the forefront of this election."

She said her manifesto would focus on women's safety from sexual predators and implementing a speed limit of 20mph on residential streets and in town and village centres.

Miss Semlyen was elected as Labour councillor in 2011 (

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The Yoga teacher launched a YouTube channel during lockdown and got into revealing positions while reciting “erotic poetry” in her bedroom while filming jaw-dropping “adults only” videos.

And she believes she could user her channel to highlight the fact that policing "isn't working".

She added: “I worked very hard on sexual feminism on my channel because it’s saying the voice of what women are really thinking, which men don’t often hear.

“They often watch porn where the woman’s voice is being muted, and she’s not an intelligent, interesting woman with an opinion.

“We can have multiple organisms, but men generally get serviced by women and have babies. We don’t necessarily ask for what we want in the bedroom enough.

“We want better sex, we want more sex, we want more orgasm.”

She plans to stand in the by-election, which takes place on November 25 (

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In particular, Miss Semlyen believes that women aren’t discussing masturbation enough, something her channel sought to highlight, especially during Covid.

She added: “Everybody w***** a lot in lockdown, let’s be honest. And we’re not even allowed to talk about it, are we?

"Even though that’s something most people do most weeks or days.

“The whole sexual language is set up around men because women don’t discuss it because we’re frightened of being raped or downgraded.”

Her plans to stand in the by-election, which takes place on November 25, have been hampered by the requirement of a £5,000 bond which candidates lose if they do not get more than 5% of the vote.

She added: “I was appalled at the wealth barrier that exists to even stand as a candidate."

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