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Mark McDonald, the childcare minister of Scotland, has left the Scottish government among accusations of “inappropriate” behaviour.
The MSP of the Scottish National Party (SNP) stepped down and asked for forgiveness from anyone “who might have found my behaviour inappropriate.”
On a statement, McDonald, who represents Aberdeen Donside in the Scottish parliament, stated that his actions “may have made others uncomfortable.”
He stated “Some of my previous actions have been considered to be inappropriate – where I have believed myself to have been merely humorous or attempting to be friendly, my behaviour might have made others uncomfortable or led them to question my intentions.
“My behaviour is entirely my responsibility, and I apologise unreservedly to anyone I have upset or who might have found my behaviour inappropriate.
“In light of my position in government, I believe it would not be appropriate for me to continue to serve in my role in the Scottish Government at this time and I have tendered my resignation as a minister.”
McDonald said that he hoped that his resignation meant “neither any particular woman or my family will be the focus of undue and unwarranted scrutiny.”
A spokesperson from the Scottish government stated: “Mark McDonald MSP has left the Scottish Government.
“Mr. McDonald tendered his resignation to the First Minister [Nicola Sturgeon] on Saturday.
“The Education Secretary is responsible for all aspects of the education portfolio including those led by the minister for childcare and early years. The First Minister will appoint a new minister in due course.”
The resignation comes amid a series of accusations of sexual harassment against politicians of the United Kingdom.
Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, was forced to resign earlier in the week and two Labour MPs, Clive Lewis and Kelvin Hopkins, are currently under investigation. Charlie Elphicke, a Conservative MP, has also been suspended from the party because of “serious allegations.”