Cllr Waseem Zaffar has announced he is stepping aside from his cabinet responsibilities with immediate effect.
The councillor for Lozells and East Handsworth said: “Birmingham is my city and I feel privileged to have served as a cabinet member on my council.
“But after careful consideration and in light of continued media and social media speculation, I have discussed the situation with the leader of the council and I have decided I will step aside from my cabinet role with immediate effect
“I will be asking the city council to commission an independent review into all current and historical speculation against me.
“Clearly this speculation is a distraction for Birmingham City Council at a time when John Clancy’s administration has important work to do. So I believe this is the right decision.
“I want to thank Cllr John Clancy for giving me the honour of serving this great city as a cabinet member. I look forward to continuing to represent the people of Lozells and East Handsworth in my capacity as a ward councillor and I will continue to serve the city that has given me so much.”
Leader of the Council, Cllr John Clancy said: “I want to thank Waseem for his service to the city as a cabinet member. While this has been a difficult decision for him I fully understand why he is stepping aside at this time.”
Birmingham City Council will announce a new cabinet member for transparency, openness and equality in due course.