Derek Mackay claimed £4,400 in expenses after quitting Cabinet

Disgraced Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay claimed more than £4,400 in expenses for a month after quitting Cabinet for bombarding boy, 16, with 270 texts

  • The MSP quit Nicola Sturgeon’s Cabinet on February 6, the day of the budget 
  • It emerged he had bombarded the schoolboy with texts calling him ‘cute’ 
  • Figures now reveal he claimed £4,406.50 of taxpayers’ money in the aftermath

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. 

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. 

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

Scotland’s disgraced former finance secretary Derek Mackay claimed more than £4,400 in expenses after resigning when his 270 messages to a 16-year-old boy were exposed (file photo)

The 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 (pair pictured in 2019)

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.

The Renfrewshire South and West MSP, who now sits as an independent, claimed for £1,990 of rent payments in February and March and a £132.90 utility bill from Scottish Power for electricity March 11 and April 9.

Rent for a parliamentary office worth £1,125, £67.50 for ‘rental charges’ £600 worth of ‘maintenance’ for a casework management system and £46.80 in newspaper subscriptions. 

A further £491.10 was splashed on hiring halls, paying for newspaper subscriptions and advertising.  

Mr Mackay claimed back £41.90 for the hiring of rooms or halls, including one the day before the scandal broke.

These are text messages allegedly exchanged between Derek Mackay and a 16-year-old boy

A further £372 was spent on newspaper advertisements along with £30.40 for waste collection to Renfrewhshire Council. 

Mr Mackay, 43, was widely tipped as a future first minister but his career was brought crashing down following the revelations in the Scottish Sun. 

The openly-gay father-of-two, who came out in 2013, was reported to have messaged the boy out of the blue. 

The top SNP member allegedly asked the boy if the messages were ‘between us’ and even texted him on Christmas Day. 

Mr Mackay’s resignation left his deputy and successor Kate Forbes to deliver the speech with just seven hours notice. 

It comes after Mr Mackay was found to have claimed £327.10 in rent in Edinburgh between July 5 and July 14.

Released via a freedom of information request, he was found to have claimed more than £1,800 in July and August.

Over the past financial year, Mr Mackay claimed £32,047.74 for his duties.

During the last financial year, £16,987,056 was paid to MSPs in expenses and allowances, including for stationery costs, staffing and general expenses. 

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