|A young Gareth Daniel gives Benham his farewell card
From the Daily Mail, July 17th, 1998:
THE highly respected chief executive of a Labour-controlled council has been forced out with a £700,000 payoff and a former Leftwing member of the GLC installed in his place.The £700,000 payoff included a car and a £51,768 pension brought forward 10 years,
Council tax payers will have to foot the bill for George Benham's sudden departure from Brent Council in favour of Gareth Daniel, a former Labour parliamentary candidate and close colleague of Brent East Labour MP Ken Livingstone.
Last night Tories accused the Labour group at the North-West London council - once renowned for its 'loony Left' policies - of a scandalous waste of council tax payers' money.
Benham left 8 months before his 4 year contract had expired and had worked for Brent for 13 years, previously as Director of Education. His salary as Chief Executive was £115,000 annually.
Benham went on to become headteacher of Cardinal Hinsley Catholic Secondary School anxious to prove his mettle after years of giving advice to headteachers. He only lasted a short time before quitting amidst high staff turnover and complaints from teachers that he was unable to control violent pupil behaviour towards staff.