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Scott Maclennan


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Scott MacLennan is the political reporter for the Highland titles at Highland News and Media. He joined the company in 2019. Scott went to university in Glasgow and Moscow and reports on the Highland Council, NHS Highland and the Scottish Parliament.

Highland rewilding charity slams Scottish Government for ditching 2030 carbon emission target

18 April 2024
Highland rewilding charity slams Scottish Government for ditching 2030 carbon emission target

Highland rewilding charity slams Scottish Government for ditching 2030 carbon emission target

18 April 2024

Trees for Life says it is ‘hugely worrying and a move in the wrong direction’ while Oxfam Scotland call it ‘an acute global embarrassment’.


Highland rewilding charity slams Scottish Government for ditching 2030 carbon emission target

18 April 2024
Highland rewilding charity slams Scottish Government for ditching 2030 carbon emission target

Highland rewilding charity slams Scottish Government for ditching 2030 carbon emission target

18 April 2024

Trees for Life says it is ‘hugely worrying and a move in the wrong direction’ while Oxfam Scotland call it ‘an acute global embarrassment’.


MSPs slam Highland Council changes to school access they say ‘undermines the democratic process’

17 April 2024
MSPs slam Highland Council changes to school access they say ‘undermines the democratic process’

MSPs slam Highland Council changes to school access they say ‘undermines the democratic process’

17 April 2024

Politicians must now get permission from the education boss to visit schools which they say impedes their ‘ability to represent our constituents’


Highland Council officials accused of ‘an assault’ on elected representatives roles over school access

17 April 2024
Highland Council officials accused of ‘an assault’ on elected representatives roles over school access

Highland Council officials accused of ‘an assault’ on elected representatives roles over school access

17 April 2024

Top officials say that councillors, MSPs and MPS must get permission from education bosses before visiting schools.


Heartless scammers target the live stream of Alasdair Rhind’s funeral service today

12 April 2024
Heartless scammers target the live stream of Alasdair Rhind’s funeral service today

Heartless scammers target the live stream of Alasdair Rhind’s funeral service today

12 April 2024

The alarm was raised by a councillor concerned mourners could be taken in by fraud.


‘Our family has suffered immensely’ – parents speak out after teacher’s ‘inappropriate behaviour’ to girl (15)

05 April 2024
‘Our family has suffered immensely’ – parents speak out after teacher’s ‘inappropriate behaviour’ to girl (15)

‘Our family has suffered immensely’ – parents speak out after teacher’s ‘inappropriate behaviour’ to girl (15)

05 April 2024

The family at the centre of the allegations now just wants to ‘move on with our lives’ but are satisfied their daughter has been ‘vindicated.’


First Minister Humza Yousaf says Hate Crime Act will not inhibit free speech

05 April 2024
First Minister Humza Yousaf says Hate Crime Act will not inhibit free speech

First Minister Humza Yousaf says Hate Crime Act will not inhibit free speech

05 April 2024

On a visit to Dingwall he said ‘I've certainly not seen any evidence of that in the last 50 hours. I've seen quite the opposite.’


Councillor Andrew Jarvie cleared for saying ex-council boss ‘lied’ over Avonlea children’s home

02 April 2024
Councillor Andrew Jarvie cleared for saying ex-council boss ‘lied’ over Avonlea children’s home

Councillor Andrew Jarvie cleared for saying ex-council boss ‘lied’ over Avonlea children’s home

02 April 2024

He was backed by Struan Mackie who accuses the council of ‘creating a culture of fear and intimidation.’


Fears NHS Highland’s £112 million deficit could see vascular surgery cut

25 March 2024
Fears NHS Highland’s £112 million deficit could see vascular surgery cut

Fears NHS Highland’s £112 million deficit could see vascular surgery cut

25 March 2024

MSP Fergus Ewing worries that could ‘threaten the availability of safe provision of other acute services such as trauma.’


ARIANE BURGESS: Scotland's hills, mountains, and coastlines are 'seriously depleted of life'

22 March 2024
ARIANE BURGESS: Scotland's hills, mountains, and coastlines are 'seriously depleted of life'

ARIANE BURGESS: Scotland's hills, mountains, and coastlines are 'seriously depleted of life'

22 March 2024

The Greens MSP says 'centuries of land management practices have taken their toll, leading to a decline in wildlife and natural habitats.'


Highland Council’s £105,487-a-year education boss Nicky Grant is on ‘approved leave’

21 March 2024
Highland Council’s £105,487-a-year education boss Nicky Grant is on ‘approved leave’

Highland Council’s £105,487-a-year education boss Nicky Grant is on ‘approved leave’

21 March 2024

The council refuses to say what 'approve leave' is or why the top official does not appear to have been at work since at least February 21.


Could a Highland-specific manifesto help win over the north to Alex Salmond’s Alba Party?

20 March 2024
Could a Highland-specific manifesto help win over the north to Alex Salmond’s Alba Party?

Could a Highland-specific manifesto help win over the north to Alex Salmond’s Alba Party?

20 March 2024

Highland Councillor Karl Rosie is to draft what Alex Salmond says is a 'call to arms' as they highlight significant regional issues.


Port of Cromarty Firth in the running for £160 million worth of UK government funding

19 March 2024
Port of Cromarty Firth in the running for £160 million worth of UK government funding

Port of Cromarty Firth in the running for £160 million worth of UK government funding

19 March 2024

The cash is the so-called Floating Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Scheme to create a site to build turbines.


Highland Council returns bins for new collection service because they were rubbish

15 March 2024
Highland Council returns bins for new collection service because they were rubbish

Highland Council returns bins for new collection service because they were rubbish

15 March 2024

3380 bins for its for the revamped waste and recycling collections had ‘minor problems' but service is not affected.


Missing budget details, a major delivery plan released – what is Highland Council up to?

14 March 2024
Missing budget details, a major delivery plan released – what is Highland Council up to?

Missing budget details, a major delivery plan released – what is Highland Council up to?

14 March 2024

The new delivery plan is to 'underpins' the budget but critics are at a loss to say what the 'murky' budget accounts for.


Disadvantaged kids set to lose vital help as Highland Council looks to cut funding

13 March 2024
Disadvantaged kids set to lose vital help as Highland Council looks to cut funding

Disadvantaged kids set to lose vital help as Highland Council looks to cut funding

13 March 2024

MCR Pathways' Mike Evans says 'that one sense of stability' will be 'literally ripped away' from hundreds of vulnerable young people.


Britain’s Got Talent star Edward Reid to help raise money for Maggie’s Highlands

10 March 2024
Britain’s Got Talent star Edward Reid to help raise money for Maggie’s Highlands

Britain’s Got Talent star Edward Reid to help raise money for Maggie’s Highlands

10 March 2024

Fundraiser Tracy Gill says Ladies Lunch events are 'so popular we wanted to bring one to the Highlands.'


Confirmed road closures for Inverness Half Marathon and Inverness 5K events

10 March 2024
Confirmed road closures for Inverness Half Marathon and Inverness 5K events

Confirmed road closures for Inverness Half Marathon and Inverness 5K events

10 March 2024

Motorists advised of closures across large parts of the city today,


Hundreds of Highland Council staff feel they are not always treated fairly at work

07 March 2024
Hundreds of Highland Council staff feel they are not always treated fairly at work

Hundreds of Highland Council staff feel they are not always treated fairly at work

07 March 2024

Hundreds more admit personal relationships at the local authority have made them feel 'uncomfortable.'


Mixed reaction to UK Budget but Scotland to get £295 million more in funding

06 March 2024
Mixed reaction to UK Budget but Scotland to get £295 million more in funding

Mixed reaction to UK Budget but Scotland to get £295 million more in funding

06 March 2024

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt called it a 'budget for long term growth' with a boost for the drinks sector and a blow for oil and gas.


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