Labour’s Naveeda Ikram was Britain’s first female Muslim Lord Mayor
Labour councillor Naveeda Ikram took on the role in 2011 but was suspended by her party amid allegations of “financial irregularities” last year.
The former Lord Mayor of Bradford, 42, was arrested and questioned by officers in Halifax, West Yorkshire last week.
Councillor Ikram, who denies the allegations, emphasised she has not been charged with anything.
The mother-of-three said: “This is a very difficult time for myself, my family, friends and children.
“To avoid any prejudice or bias, it would be best to avoid speculation on social media, Twitter and Facebook.