The Scottish Government risks losing votes from the nation’s Muslim community with its plans to redefine marriage, Muslim leaders have warned.

The Government, led by the Scottish National Party (SNP), held a consultation on the controversial issue which closed last Friday after receiving tens of thousands of responses.

Now the Muslim Council of Scotland has warned that the plans could cause many Muslims to withdraw their support from the party.

Salah Beltagui, the group’s convener, said: “Generally, support for the SNP [among Scotland’s Muslim Community] has been strong, but if this goes on, it might change things.

“If you go back a few years, Labour was getting the majority of the vote and after Iraq it eroded very strongly, so it takes one issue like that to change things.”

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