Scottish Finance Secretary resigns over allegedly messaging 16-year-old boy

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Finance Secretary Derek Mackay speaks during the SNP Spring Conference at the AECC, in Aberdeen.

Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has resigned after admitting he had “behaved foolishly”, following reports he sent hundreds of messages to a 16-year-old boy.

The father-of-two stepped down just hours before he was due to announce the Scottish Budget for 2020-21.

It was reported that Mackay befriended the teenager on Facebook and Instagram and sent him 270 messages.

In one message he is alleged to have asked “And our chats are between us?” and when the boy agreed, the minister told him: “Cool, then to be honest I think you are really cute.”

-Noah Harte