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Scotland's Finance Secretary Quits Amid Claims He Messaged 16 Year Old Boy on Social Media - Reports

© AFP 2022 / ANDY BUCHANANDerek Mackay, Scotland's Minsiter for Finance and the Constitution, and SNP MSP, speaks on the final day of the Scottish National Party (SNP) annual conference in Glasgow on October 9, 2018
Derek Mackay, Scotland's Minsiter for Finance and the Constitution, and SNP MSP, speaks on the final day of the Scottish National Party (SNP) annual conference in Glasgow on October 9, 2018 - Sputnik International
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Earlier, the Scottish Sun reported that Scotland’s finance secretary Derek Mackay had sent 270 private messages to a 16-year-old boy on Instagram and Facebook over the course of six months.

Derek Mackay has resigned after claims emerged that he had sent inappropriate messages to a schoolboy, according to the BBC.

"I take full responsibility for my actions. I have behaved foolishly and I am truly sorry,” Mackay said as quoted by the Evening Standard.

"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,” he added.

​Earlier, the Sun published a series of messages allegedly sent to the boy by Mackay.

According to the newspaper, he contacted the teenager over a six-month period, and offered to take him to a rugby game and out to dinner.

The accusations appeared as Derek Mackay prepared to disclose the Scottish Government's budget for the next year.

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