Derek Mackay axed from Boys’ Brigade after texting teen

The former finance secretary has been dropped from his role as an honorary vice-president.

Axed: Derek Mackay was forced to resign as finance secretary after it emerged he'd been messaging a teenage boy. Getty Images
Axed: Derek Mackay was forced to resign as finance secretary after it emerged he'd been messaging a teenage boy.

Former finance secretary Derek Mackay has been dropped from a role with the Boys’ Brigade after it emerged he sent hundreds of messages to a teenager.

Mackay, 42, was forced to resign from his Scottish Government position last Thursday over his communication with a 16-year-old on social media – in which he called the boy “cute” and continued to talk to him after being told his age.

It has now been confirmed Mackay is no longer honorary vice-president of Paisley and District Battalion.

Lawrence Napier, battalion secretary, said: “We have a number of honorary vice-presidents, MSPs and MPs, who support what we do in youth work, but Derek Mackay is no longer honorary vice-president of Paisley and District Battalion.”

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The Boys’ Brigade is a Christian youth organisation which states on its website that it is “committed to seeing lives enriched by supporting children and young people to reach their full potential”.

Mackay apologised for his actions in a statement last week, just hours before he was due to present the budget at the Scottish Parliament.

The Renfrewshire North and West MSP said: “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.”

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He added: “Serving in government has been a huge privilege and I am sorry to have let colleagues and supporters down.”

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