While most attention is focussed on the electoral fate of Labour in Scotland on Thursday, and whether the Scottish National Party can gain a majority in the country for the first time, a controversial group appearing to speak on behalf of a whole religion has been fighting a vociferous electoral campaign on behalf of what it says are Christian values.

The Scottish Christian Party (SCP) is fielding 72 candidates across Scotland on the regional list – more than any other political party. It claims to have distributed 2 million leaflets opposing the newly introduced Sexual Orientation Regulations, which its TV election broadcast likened to Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda.

The broadcast, shown on BBC and STV last Tuesday, featured footage of Hitler addressing a rally in 1933. Playing “the Nazi card”, as one media analyst dubbed it, has caused offence in many circles, and has lead to accusations that SCP has “lost the plot altogether”.

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