Private Eye: Michael Lockwood, top right, and editor of the magazine Ian Hislop, bottom left
 

Satirical magazine Private Eye has awarded Harrow Council's incoming chief executive their Lazarus award for being re-hired months after landing a £168,000 payoff.

Michael Lockwood was ditched by the short-lived Conservative administration in Harrow, and when Labour wanted to re-hire him months later when they took power, he was not asked to hand his severance package back.

Mr Lockwood had been the chief executive at Harrow Council from 2007, earning £183,097-a-year, and leaving with a pension payment of £138,651 and a £30,000 compensation payment, along with a £65,179-a-year pension.

He is now returning to the role.

Back in charge: Michael Lockwood
 

In awarding him the award, Private Eye writes: "To Michael Lockwood, former £227,000-a-year chief exec of Harrow, who was shown the door by the London borough’s Tory rulers as a money-saving measure last year.

"He left with a lump sum of £30,000, a payment into his pension pot of £138,651, and an annual pension of £65,000.

"After seizing back control in May, Labour advertised for a chief exec.

"Lockwood applied for his old job and got it – despite coming third in the selection process.

Having a laugh: Ian Hislop
 

"He has not been asked to give back any of his payoff from last year."

The Conservative group leader who ditched the chief executive role, Councillor Susan Hall, has continued to campaign for the Labour-run council to remove the role during a time when the authority is having to make £75million in cuts over the next four years.

Labour leader Councillor David Perry has argued that the council requires the expertise of non-political chiefs.