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Scottish finance secretary forced to quit hours before budget speech

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
6th Feb 20 1:33 pm

Derek Mackay the Scottish finance secretary was forced to quit just hour before he was due to deliver his budget for 2020 and 2021.

A newspaper reported that Mackay had sent hundreds of messages to a 16-year old boy on social media and told him that he was “cute” over a six-month period.

The Scottish Sun newspaper reported that the 42-year old politician made contact with the young boy “out of the blue” in August 2019.

Mackay had been tipped to succeed Nicola Sturgeon after he has served more than two decade in politics.

Richard Leonard the Scottish Labour leader said the finance minister’s actions amount to “an abuse of power” and “nothing short of predatory.”

Jackson Carlaw the Scottish Conservative leader said Mackay’s behaviour could “constitute the grooming of a young individual.”

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon said Mackay’s behaviour has “has failed to meet the standards required.”

Sturgeon said, “Derek has taken full responsibility for his actions and apologises unreservedly for them to the individual involved and to those he has let down.

“He has submitted his resignation as a government minister which I have accepted.”

Mackay said in a statement released on Thursday morning, “I take full responsibility for my actions.

“I have behaved foolishly and I am truly sorry. I apologise unreservedly to the individual involved and his family.

“I spoke last night with the first minister and tendered my resignation with immediate effect.

“Serving in government has been a huge privilege and I am sorry to have let colleagues and supporters down.”

Prior to his resignation the 16-year old boys mother called on Sturgeon to sack him from Holyrood.

The mother said, “Nicola Sturgeon should remove him from his position.

“I don’t know if he should lose his job but he should be dealt with very seriously.”

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