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Brown hints at Forbes elevation into Mackay’s job

Kate Forbes

Kate Forbes: impressive performance

SNP depute leader Keith Brown dropped a strong hint that Kate Forbes will replace the disgraced Derek Mackay as Finance Secretary.

Mr Brown, interviewed on a television politics programme, was asked if he was in the reckoning to replace Mr Mackay.

He replied: “Everybody saw how well Kate Forbes handled the Budget”.

Public Finance and Digital Economy minister Ms Forbes was called late on Wednesday night and told she would be delivering the Budget on Thursday after Mr Mackay resigned over a series of social media messages to a 16-year-old boy.

Mr Brown added that he thought it would be “very difficult” for Mr Mackay to continue as an MSP but said any decision for him to quit as the MSP for Renfrewshire North and West would have to come from Mr Mackay.

He said politicians across Holyrood were shocked by Mr Mackay’s behaviour.

“You could see the shock on people, not just the SNP but other parties as well,” he said.

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