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Scottish Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald, resigns over 'inappropriate' behaviour

Scottish Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald, has resigned from government due to 'inappropriate' behaviour.

The SNP MSP for Aberdeen Donside apologised "unreservedly to anyone I have upset or who might have found my behaviour inappropriate".

In a statement, he said: "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.

"I hope that in taking this step neither any particular woman or my family will be the focus of undue and unwarranted scrutiny.

"It has been an honour to serve in the Scottish Government and I will continue to serve my constituents in Aberdeen Donside to the best of my ability."

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh has chaired a meeting with representatives from each party, including First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. Following this, a confidential phone line has been launched and an anonymised survey is to be carried out to determine the extent of the problem at the Scottish Parliament.

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