The Comet featured this story on Thursday, 1 July, 2010. It details how Stevenage Borough Council paid Peter Ollis, former chief executive almost £170,000 after he left his post.

Leader of the Lib Dem group at the council, Robin Parker, told The Comet that the situation had lost the council an “excellent” officer who had been ousted, “because of the whims of the Labour party”, leaving the bill with the taxpayer.