SCOTTISH FINANCE SECRETARY RESIGNS OVER TEXT MESSAGES

NOOR HAMMAD WARIMAN

LONDON, Feb 6 (Bernama) -- Scotland’s finance secretary has resigned on Thursday after allegations that he sent text messages to a 16-year-old boy on social media, reported Anadolu Agency.

Derek Mackay’s resignation came on a day he would deliver next year’s budget in parliament.

The allegations were made public by The Scottish Sun newspaper, which said Derek sent 270 messages to the teenager over a period of six months.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the resignation, saying Derek “recognises that his behaviour failed to meet the standards required.”

“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,” Mackay said.

He said: “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.”

Deputy First Minister John Swinney or Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes will replace Mackay, according to the local media.

-- BERNAMA

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