A DISGRACED Renfrewshire MSP allegedly sent secret late-night messages to a teenager during a sunshine holiday with his long-term partner. 

Derek Mackay, 42, pestered the 16-year-old on Facebook from his winter getaway with boyfriend Fraser Bell, 35. 

The claims have been made in The Scottish Sun today, with the newspaper alleging Mr Mackay shared cosy snaps on social media of the couple relaxing in idyllic Fuerteventura — but was privately contacting the teen.

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Tellingly, the youngster ignored the message the former SNP Finance Secretary pinged him at 12.19am on January 5.

But Mackay was undeterred and followed it up the next day with another text at 9.35pm.

Both of them simply said “Hey” and went unanswered by the lad — who was by this point worried about the high-flying Scottish Government minister’s motives.

The two Facebook texts were among 270 the disgraced politician sent to the lad over six months.

The boy’s outraged mum told The Scottish Sun: “I don’t understand why he was sending messages to my son when he was on holiday.

“I think it’s strange that he is so far away with someone who he is meant to love and he is still messaging a young boy.

“That is not normal behaviour and it’s very worrying.”

The news comes just a day after the scandal broke with Mr Mackay's political career on the verge of collapse. 

There has been growing anger after it emerged the former Renfrewshire Council leader is automatically entitled to a severance payment of £11,945 for losing office. 

The sum, which is paid by the Scottish Parliament, is a quarter of his ministerial salary.

Mr Mackay earned an extra £47,780 a year as a cabinet secretary, on top of his £63,579 basic salary as the MSP for Renfrewshire North and West.

Although he has lost his ministerial pay bump, he continues to receive his MSP salary. 

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Mr Mackay issued an apology yesterday after the news broke, but it remains unclear whether he will continue in his role as an MSP. 

Mr Mackay, who came out as gay in 2013, 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.

“I spoke last night with the First Minister and tendered my resignation with immediate effect.

“Serving in Government has been a huge privilege and I am sorry to have let colleagues and supporters down.”

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