A Bradford councillor who was the country’s first female Muslim Lord Mayor has been suspended by the Labour Party amid allegations she was involved in financial irregularities.
The party acted after Naveeda Ikram, who represents the area of Little Horton, was reported to West Yorkshire Police.
Ms Ikram became Lord Mayor of Bradford in 2011 after serving her ward since being elected in 2004.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We can confirm we have received a report of alleged financial irregularities. Enquiries are at a very early stage and are ongoing.”
No official details have been made public regarding her suspension but the regional office of the Labour party confirmed an investigation has been launched.
A Yorkshire and Humber Labour Party spokesperson said: “Naveeda Ikram has been suspended by the Labour Party pending an investigation.”
In a statement, Ms Ikram told the Bradford Telegraph and Argus: “An allegation has been made against me and it’s completely just down to normal procedures, that if an allegation is made against a councillor, they are suspended.
“The allegation was not connected to my role as a councillor and the suspension is ‘administrative’ by the Labour Party.
“I am completely confident I will be exonerated completely. The matter of my suspension was confidential and should never have been made public at this stage.
“However, I am still a councillor and still carrying out all my duties as a councillor.
“It’s a Labour Party administrative suspension and that is just procedural. However, I can not comment any further on the allegation as I am myself not aware of the specifics of it.”
She has also said that she has plagued by nasty messages online and has said people have been spreading untrue rumours in regards to the investigation