An opposition group’s bid to topple Enfield Council’s Labour administration has been postponed until after local elections take place in May.

A vote on a no-confidence motion in the administration called by the Conservative group had been due to take place at an extraordinary council meeting on Friday evening – but it was withdrawn following a dispute over timings.

The meeting was cancelled, and the council confirmed it has now been rescheduled for Thursday, May 20 – after local elections are held on May 6.

The Conservatives launched their bid to topple Cllr Nesil Caliskan’s Labour administration earlier this month, with Tory leader Cllr Joanne Laban listing a range of issues on which she claimed residents felt their views had been ignored.

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But the group withdrew its motion in response to concerns that two Jewish councillors would be unable to attend the 7pm extraordinary meeting, as it coincided with the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath.

Labour and the Conservatives have clashed over who was responsible for the timing of the event.

The Tories issued a statement claiming the mayor of Enfield had sat on the initial request for a meeting for seven days, which meant Friday was the only available timing before purdah – a pre-election period that places curbs on political debates.

When they and minority opposition group Community First offered to hold the meeting earlier in the day on Friday, the Tories claimed the mayor failed to accept the proposal.

Responding to these claims, an Enfield Council spokesperson said: “Enfield Council can confirm that all processes in calling the extraordinary council meeting followed legal and constitutional guidance.”

Cllr Caliskan commented: “Finally, the Conservative group have done the right thing and postponed the meeting they called, so that councillors of all faiths and backgrounds can reasonably attend and vote.

“It has been in the Conservative group hands for a number of days, while Labour and others tried to convince them to drop their political stunt and to put residents first.

“It was clear the Conservative group’s insistence that the meeting went ahead on Friday at 7pm had caused hurt to the Jewish community, so this is a welcome U-turn.”