Scotland’s finance chief has resigned after a newspaper report that he had sent hundreds of messages to a 16 year old boy.
According reports Mackay, seen as a potential leader of Scotland, had sent about 270 messages to the boy on Instagram over a six-month period, telling the boy that he was “cute” and inviting him to dinner.
Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay, 42 apologized for what he said was foolish behavior.
“I have behaved foolishly and I am truly sorry,” Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said in a statement. “I apologize unreservedly to the individual involved and his family.”
“Serving in government has been a huge privilege and I am sorry to have let colleagues and supporters down,” he stated.
Mackay had been due to deliver the Scottish government’s annual budget on Thursday, when the report came to light.
He said that he spoke to Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and resigned last night.
Sturgeon said that Mackay’s behavior “failed to meet the standards required” and that the public finance minister will deliver Scotland’s budget instead.
Reuters/ Christopher Ojilere