10 February 2020

The leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Richard Leonard, has written to the First Minister asking her to explain why she allowed Derek Mackay to resign following news of his inappropriate communication with a school boy.

Nicola Sturgeon chose not to immediately dismiss Mr Mackay from his position as Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, and instead accepted his resignation.

Richard Leonard has asked for a full explanation of the circumstances leading to that decision, including clarity over when the First Minister was made aware that the story was going to break.

Mr Leonard said:

“It is deeply concerning that such a senior member of this parliament was not immediately dismissed upon admitting that the allegations against him were true.

“The fact that his behaviour was directed towards a teenage school boy should have been enough for the First Minister to take decisive and fast action.

“It is now vital that the full circumstances leading to Derek Mackay’s resignation are revealed publicly.

“The contact Nicola Sturgeon had with Mr Mackay after she was made aware of the allegations should be shared immediately.”
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