Calls for councillor to resign over ‘hateful’ posts

An Oxford City councillor who shared posts on Facebook comparing Israel to Nazi Germany and claiming cancer doesn’t exist has resigned the Labour whip.

Cllr Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan shared “extremely disappointing” and “hateful” material on his personal Facebook page deemed “anti-gay and anti-Semitic” by rival councillors.

Cllr Lloyd-Shogbesan has deleted his Facebook profile and said he was “very sorry for any offence”.

Posts shared on the Labour councillor’s page compared Israel to Nazi Germany, praised Colonel Gaddafi and alluded to same sex marriage as “endorsed perversion”.

Last week, Cllr Lloyd-Shogbesan released a statement saying: “These posts do not reflect my views now and I apologise for having disseminated them and implicitly endorsed them.”

The Labour party has been dogged by claims of anti-Semitism in recent months, with Labour’s Oxford City Council leader Cllr Susan Brown calling the posts “extremely disappointing”.

She added: “Anti-Semitism or any form of discrimination has absolutely no place in the party.”

Green Cllr Craig Simmons called for the Labour councillor’s resignation over the “hateful” and “anti-gay and anti-Semitic” posts.

Oxford Conservative Association deputy chairman Mark Bhagwandin slammed the councillor’s “suitability to represent Oxford’s residents”.

Cllr Lloyd-Shogbesan will keep his seat in Lye Valley but as an independent.

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