His statement read: “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. ” Mackay was due to deliver the Scottish government draft budget for 98520 / 42 at Holyrood later on Thursday. It will instead be presented by Mackay’s deputy, Kate Forbes.
Sturgeon responded: “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.
“Derek has made a significant contribution to government. However, he recognises that his behavior has failed to meet the standards required. ”
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