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Scotland’s finance secretary has resigned after allegations emerged that he sent hundreds of messages to a 16-year-old boy.

Scotland's finance chief has resigned after a newspaper reported that he had sent hundreds of messages to a 16-year-old boy.

"I have behaved foolishly and I am truly sorry," Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said in a statement on Thursday.

"I apologise unreservedly to the individual involved and his family."

The Sun newspaper reported that Mackay, 42, 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 he was "cute" and inviting him to dinner.

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Mackay had been due to deliver the Scottish government's annual budget on Thursday when the report came out on the front page of the Sun's Scottish edition.

He said he had spoken to Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and resigned last night.

Sturgeon said Mackay's behaviour "failed to meet the standards required" and the public finance minister would deliver Scotland's budget instead.

Source: 9News

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