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Watch: Derek Mackay on being ‘banned from SNP karaoke’

Watch: Derek Mackay on being ‘banned from SNP karaoke’

Derek Mackay was last week forced to resign as finance secretary, and was then suspended from the SNP pending an investigation, after reports emerged he had sent hundreds of messages to a 16-year-old boy.

The First Minister said Mackay’s conduct "fell well short of what's expected as a minister”, while opposition parties have called for him to step down as an MSP.

In a statement, Mackay said: "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.”

Following media reports that he had been told not to go out drinking during SNP conferences due to concerns over his behaviour, watch a Holyrood interview with the former finance secretary from the party’s 2019 autumn gathering in Aberdeen, where he jokes about the First Minister’s ban.

Video credit: Robin Mac and Jodie McHattie

In another section of the interview, Mackay talks about the importance of using humour in politics

Video credit: Robin Mac and Jodie McHattie

Mackay also discussed the feeling of 'imposter syndrome'

Video credit: Robin Mac and Jodie McHattie

Mackay was elected as MSP for Renfrewshire North and West in 2011 and held a number of ministerial positions, before becoming Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work in 2016.

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