20:04 GMT31 July 2021
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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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