Scotland’s Finance Secretary Derek Mackay resigns over messages to 16-year-old boy

Published on February 7, 2020 by

Scotland’s Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has resigned after he admitted he “behaved foolishly”, after reports he sent hundreds of messages to a 16-year-old boy.

Mr Mackay befriended the teenager on Facebook and Instagram and sent him 270 social media messages, the Scottish Sun reported.

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

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

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