Nadine Dorries warns SNP's Kate Forbes on faith, politics and gay marriage

Nadine Dorries has sent a powerful message to SNP leadership hopeful Kate Forbes by revealing she regrets her historic stance on gay marriage.

The TalkTV presenter said: "I voted against same-sex marriage in 2013, and it is my biggest single regret as an MP. I will regret that vote all of my life. I felt like I voted against love, and I wish I could turn back the clock."

It comes after Ms Forbes, a member of the Free Church of Scotland, said in an interview she would not have voted for equal marriage if she had been in parliament at the time.

Launching her campaign to replace Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister of Scotland, Ms Forbes also said she personally did not believe couples should have children out of wedlock.

Nadine said: "This is my advice to Kate Forbes: whatever you think today, it doesn't mean you'll feel like that in 15 years time, and yet this is one of the biggest moments in your life.

"With your faith, Kate, keep your views to yourself. Because if your faith was Muslim or any other faith, you wouldn't be attacked the way you are today for being a Christian."

Nadine added that Christianity "comes under severe attack" in the UK, adding that the SNP MSP could do with some PR advice.

"I know in your heart you're thinking that you'll fight this through and battle this out," she said. "But you won't, you will never win. Focus on the politics, not on the faith."

Ms Forbes is the most popular candidate to succeed Nicola Sturgeon as Scottish first minister, despite the row over her religious beliefs, according to a poll of SNP supporters.

Some 28% said they support current Scottish Finance Secretary Ms Forbes, putting her ahead of rivals Humza Yousaf and Ash Regan, who polled 20% and 7% respectively.