Two councillors have been sacked from Haringey’s cabinet in a shake-up of the council’s top leadership team.

Cllr Zena Brabazon, who was cabinet member for civic services, and Cllr Peray Ahmet, who was in charge of the adults and health portfolio, were removed from their positions by council leader Cllr Joseph Ejiofor in a move announced on New Year’s Eve.

The council leader said he wanted to end “persistent personal conflicts” and build a cabinet that worked together more closely.

Cllr Ejiofor said: “I’d like to put on record my thanks to Cllrs Ahmet and Brabazon for their contributions to this administration.

“However, they understand my need for a cabinet that works closer together to deliver our manifesto and the eradication of a number of persistent personal conflicts.

“I still believe they have a contribution to make to our borough and expect them to support our administration from the back benches.”

Haringey's new council leader Joseph EjioforCllr Joseph Ejiofor

Cllr Brabazon and Cllr Ahmet both stood as candidates in the Labour group leadership election that was won by Cllr Ejiofor in May last year.

The two former cabinet members were opponents of major regeneration schemes, including the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV).

The HDV was scrapped by the new administration following a wave of protest that led to the deselection of sitting councillors and their replacement with more left-wing candidates in the run-up to last year’s local elections.

But other projects – including a £500 million transformation of Tottenham Hale, which was opposed by Cllr Brabazon – have been given the green light.

Cllr Brabazon, who represents the Harringay ward, is also co-chair of the council’s Fairness Commission – a panel of community and faith leaders, experts, residents and politicians looking at ways of making Haringey a fairer and more equal borough.

Cllr Kaushika Amin is Haringey’s new cabinet member for civic services, while Cllr Sarah James has stepped into the adults and health role.