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Disgraced SNP MSP Derek Mackay claimed thousands in expenses after quitting Cabinet

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Scotland’s disgraced former finance secretary Derek Mackay claimed more than £4,400 in expenses in the month after he resigned when his 270 messages to a 16-year-old boy were exposed.

Official figures now show he claimed £4,406.50 of taxpayers’ money in the immediate aftermath of the scandal.

Of the expenses, £2,122.90 was spent on accommodation in Edinburgh, £1,792.50 on his parliamentary office, £600 of which was on computer systems.

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The SNP MSP quit Nicola Sturgeon’s Cabinet on February 6, the day he was supposed to present the budget, after it emerged he had bombarded the schoolboy with texts calling him ‘cute’ and asking him out to dinner.

Over the past financial year, Mr Mackay claimed £32,047.74 in expenses.

A spokesperson for Derek Mackay MSP said: “The expenditure complies with Scottish Parliament allowance rules and Mr Mackay’s Renfrewshire North and West constituency office is continuing to operate in line with the Scottish Government’s coronavirus guidance in dealing with casework and making representations on behalf of constituents.”

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