Derek Mackay quit just hours before he was due to present the budget on February 6, 2020, saying he had ‘behaved foolishly’ [Andy Buchanan/AFP]

Scotland’s finance minister has resigned, hours before he was due to deliver his annual budget, after he reportedly sent hundreds of messages to a 16-year-old boy on social media.

Derek Mackay quit on Thursday, saying he had “behaved foolishly”.

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The Scottish Sun newspaper reported that 42-year-old Mackay sent the teen more than 270 messages on Facebook and Instagram, telling the boy he was “cute” and offering to take him to a rugby match and for dinner.

The newspaper said Mackay continued to “pester” the teen with messages, even after discovering his age. 

Mackay is not accused of breaking

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