The SNP is facing allegations of trying to cover up the Derek Mackay grooming scandal after the former minister was caught texting a 16-year-old schoolboy in an inappropriate manner.
Responding to the allegations against Mr Mackay, the Scottish Government asked The Sun to “advise on your justification for publication” after the newspaper revealed the texts that sent the nation into an outrage.
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney, claimed he was “utterly stunned” by the revelations, insisted the Government had “simply asked for information to give us the veracity and the substance of the points that were being put to us”.
Swinney also told BBC Radio Scotland that when he was informed the story was going to be published, it was “the first time that I had heard any revelations of this type”.
Former SNP Finance Minister Derek Mackay, aged 42, was forced to resign on the day of the Budget after sending hundreds of “predatory” messages to a schoolboy on social media telling him he was “cute”.
Mackay was allowed to step down rather than being fired by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, this move has been criticised as a “failure of leadership” from the SNP leader.
The former minister has now been suspended from the SNP pending an investigation into the allegations, Mackay is reported to have called the youngster “cute” as well as offering to take him to a rugby game and out to dinner.
His actions have been slammed from opposing politicians as “predatory” behaviour and abuse of power.
An SNP spokesman said: “Derek Mackay has been suspended from both the parliamentary group and the party while further investigation takes place.
“In the interests of due process, no further comment will be made.”
On Friday, more revelations got published with a report in the Daily Record saying SNP activist Shaun Cameron, 25, had been sent dozens of unwanted messages by Mackay over a period of four years.
He claimed the MSP contacted him on Facebook after meeting him at an SNP event when he was 21, and said some of the messages were “quite suggestive” – alleging the then finance secretary had asked him in September 2017: “Got any naughty pics?”
Interim Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw said: “Nicola Sturgeon, when asked yesterday in the Scottish Parliament if she had sought assurances from Derek Mackay that the story reported was an isolated incident, replied merely that she was unaware of any other potential victims.
“It is now clear that no such assurances were sought from Mr Mackay by the First Minister, given there are other people coming forward.
“From the start, it seems the SNP Government has been more interested in protecting its own reputation than in the welfare of potential and actual victims.”
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