Mrs Ikram, who was the first Muslim female Lord Mayor in the UK in 2011, has been an active councillor in the Little Horton ward since 2004.
A statement was released by Mrs Ikram today in which she states:
“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 cannot comment any further on the allegation as I am myself not aware of the specifics of it. However it is disappointing to read from Asian Sunday Newspaper that it is due to some misconduct in public office and obtaining contracts which is false.
“The suspension is completely based on an internal political party matter and not on what is being said. The article by Asian Sunday Newspaper is prejudicing the investigation at this moment and creating uncalled rumours.
“I am not under any police investigation and would urge media to take more responsible steps and await facts before misleading the public based on accusations.
“So far, Asian Sunday Newspaper has not contacted me to take my statement but has taken a statement from an anonymous person.”
A Yorkshire and Humber Labour Party spokesperson said:
“Naveeda Ikram has been suspended by the Labour Party pending an investigation.”