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Boris Johnson is planning a major cabinet reshuffle this week, but in Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, is being forced into an extremely unwelcome mini-reshuffle following the resignation of her finance secretary, Derek Mackay, who had been seen as a potential future SNP leader. Last night the Scottish Sun revealed that Mackay had been sending multiple online messages to a schoolboy. Within the last hour Mackay announced his resignation.

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EXCL: Scottish Gov Finance Secretary Derek Mackay’s creepy texts to schoolboy he called “cute” and told: “And our chats are between us?” https://t.co/G2zwjE4jKi pic.twitter.com/UYAhaTPJ9q


February 5, 2020

The timing is particularly awkward because he was due to deliver the Scottish government’s budget later today. A junior minister will give the budget speech instead.

Here is my colleague Severin Carrell’s story.

And here is Mackay’s statement.


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.

I spoke last night with the first minister and tendered my resignation with immediate effect.

Serving in government has been a huge privilege and I am sorry to have let colleagues and supporters down.

Here is the agenda for the day.

8.15am: Boris Johnson chairs cabinet.

10am: Lisa Nandy, the Labour leadership candidate, gives a speech on local government.

10.30am: Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the Commons, takes questions in the Commons on next week’s business.

11am: Downing Street lobby briefing.

After 12pm: Kate Forbes, the Scottish public finance minister, delivers the Scottish government’s budget in the Scottish parliament, replacing Derek Mackay, who resigned this morning as finance minister over texts to a 16-year-old boy.

As usual, I will be covering breaking political news as it happens, as well as bringing you the best reaction, comment and analysis from the web. I plan to post a summary when I wrap up.

You can read all the latest Guardian politics articles here. Here is the Politico Europe roundup of this morning’s political news. And here is the PoliticsHome list of today’s top 10 must-reads.

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