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Scottish finance secretary quits over messages to boy, 16 – The Guardian, Theguardian.com

Scottish finance secretary quits over messages to boy, 16 – The Guardian, Theguardian.com
Derek Mackay said in a statement: ‘I have behaved foolishly and I am truly sorry.’ Photograph: Ken Jack / Getty Images Derek Mackay, Scotland’s finance secretary , has resigned his cabinet post only hours before he was due to deliver next year budget after he texted a – year-old boy. The Scottish Sun published a long list of text messages Mackay,, sent the teenager, calling him “cute”, discussing his new haircut and inviting him to dinner and to accompany him to a parliamentary event as his guest. In a statement released on Thursday morning, Mackay revealed he had tendered his resignation to Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, on Wednesday night, with immediate effect. Mackay, one of the party’s Most prominent figures and a long-standing Scottish National party national convenor, had been widely seen as a contender to replace Sturgeon as SNP leader.

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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