Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan, who caused a political storm with 'anti-semitic' posts on Facebook, is being allowed to return to Oxford City Council's ruling Labour group.

But first he will have to complete a three-month period of suspension, serving instead as an independent councillor.

A Lye Valley representative since 2010, Mr Lloyd-Shogbesan shared at least four contentious posts.

One compared Nazi Germany to Israel; another claimed cancer was not a disease but ‘a business’.

It emerged he lost his job as a result of the posts, which came to light days after his re-election in May.

An independent investigation found he used his Facebook page – which he deleted when the posts were uncovered – in his personal life and not as a councillor.

The investigation report states: “A councillor is not a councillor 24 hours a day. Conduct that might be regarded as reprehensible and even unlawful is not necessarily covered by the [council’s Code of Conduct].”

Now, following a period of suspension, which started on October 1, Mr Lloyd-Shogbesan will be allowed back into the Labour group on January 1.

The councillor has been sitting as an Independent following his voluntary withdrawal from the Labour group in May when shares he made on social media were widely criticised.

He referred himself to the City Council’s Standards Committee, which revealed its findings in September.

The Labour group says it can readmit Mr Lloyd-Shogbesan following the conclusion of the Standards Committee investigation and has chosen to suspend him for for three months prior to his readmission.

The group found the councillor's posts to be incompatible with behaviour expected of members but recognised that the steps has taken at every stage to apologise, remove the shares and to make amends.

Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council Labour group, said : “The group in common with many Labour members, supporters, and members of the general public, are clear that the material shared on social media by Cllr Lloyd-Shogbesan was inappropriate and offensive.

"In suspending Cllr Lloyd-Shogbesan from the group, we disassociate ourselves from his actions and have told him there can never be a repeat of them or any other behaviour by him which brings the party and the Group into disrepute.

“We are in a position to act now because an investigation commissioned by the Oxford City Council Standards Committee has recently concluded, and the Labour Party nationally has said it will take no further action following my reference to it in relation to Cllr Lloyd-Shogbesan’s conduct and the outcome of the Standards Committee inquiry. "This leaves the way clear for the Oxford Labour Group to act without compromising either process and it has done so decisively and quickly.”

Anther post shared by the councillor seemed to criticise same sex marriage, while a fourth seemed to praise former Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi.

In all instances, he said he had only shared the posts to ‘promote discussion amongst his friends’ and that he did not endorse them.

Mr Lloyd-Shogbesan said: “At the last council meeting, I gave an unreserved apology for sharing posts which caused offence to many people, including my constituents, fellow councillors, Labour party members and the general public.

“I want to reinforce that apology. I know I have let many people down and I acted with very poor judgement. I will continue to reach out to the individuals and community groups I offended and to make amends.

" I will work doubly hard to serve my constituents in Lye Valley. “