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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 Council leader reveals up £60 million could be found for roads and infrastructure

22 February 2024
Highland Council leader reveals up £60 million could be found for roads and infrastructure

Highland Council leader reveals up £60 million could be found for roads and infrastructure

22 February 2024

Raymond Bremner says an extra £60 million would go ‘some way towards us being able to invest in important capital projects.’


Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

21 February 2024
Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

21 February 2024

Focus on attainment was lost as councillors defend officials over a 'judgmental' education report critical of primary school staff.


Questions remains as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

21 February 2024
Questions remains as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

Questions remains as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

21 February 2024

Council leader Raymond Bremner said: 'It has been our priority to protect jobs and services wherever possible.'


Exclusive: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

20 February 2024
Exclusive: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

Exclusive: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

20 February 2024

But there is little information on roads spending as the £602.5 million budget seeks to plug a £65 million blackhole.


Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

19 February 2024
Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

19 February 2024

Councillor Helen Crawford says asking 'teachers to mark more generously' is 'just a big sticking plaster.'


Dingwall schools have a higher rate of exclusion than Highland or Scottish averages

17 February 2024
Dingwall schools have a higher rate of exclusion than Highland or Scottish averages

Dingwall schools have a higher rate of exclusion than Highland or Scottish averages

17 February 2024

The primary is around 10 per cent higher than the national average while the academy is more than 17 per cent higher.


'This absolutely stinks' – Caley Thistle slams Highland Council for U-turn on battery farm

15 February 2024
'This absolutely stinks' – Caley Thistle slams Highland Council for U-turn on battery farm

'This absolutely stinks' – Caley Thistle slams Highland Council for U-turn on battery farm

15 February 2024

Club chairman Ross Morrison says the council or 'certain members of it, seem hellbent on killing the club by abusing their powers.'


Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

15 February 2024
Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

15 February 2024

593 staff past and present were overpaid and now face salary reductions, debt recovery and legal action to force the return of cash.


Highland Council U-turn potential on its own Caley Thistle battery storage scheme decision

14 February 2024
Highland Council U-turn potential on its own Caley Thistle battery storage scheme decision

Highland Council U-turn potential on its own Caley Thistle battery storage scheme decision

14 February 2024

The club says it is ‘absolutely bewildered’ and is considering legal action, accusing the local authority of ‘nimbyism’.


ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

13 February 2024
ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

13 February 2024

The Greens MSP says 'I am actively advocating for the establishment of a dedicated degree-level course in horticulture and business skills.'


Fergus Ewing 'delighted' Fiona Hyslop is appointed transport secretary overseeing the A9

09 February 2024
Fergus Ewing 'delighted' Fiona Hyslop is appointed transport secretary overseeing the A9

Fergus Ewing 'delighted' Fiona Hyslop is appointed transport secretary overseeing the A9

09 February 2024

The Inverness and Nairn MSP says of Humza Yousaf's pick that 'no one has put more effort into A9 dualling than Fiona'


Councillor Tamala Collier allegedly suffered online abuse after criticism from Maxine Smith

08 February 2024
Councillor Tamala Collier allegedly suffered online abuse after criticism from Maxine Smith

Councillor Tamala Collier allegedly suffered online abuse after criticism from Maxine Smith

08 February 2024

Cllr Collier and her husband speak out after Cllr Smith was suspended for a month by the Standards Commission.


WATCH A9 Inquiry: 'I hear what you are saying but I'm just not convinced'

07 February 2024
WATCH A9 Inquiry: 'I hear what you are saying but I'm just not convinced'

WATCH A9 Inquiry: 'I hear what you are saying but I'm just not convinced'

07 February 2024

Fergus Ewing demands answers from Mairi McAllan about the 'complete failure to adhere to the very clear schedule.'


Black Isle Brewery set to depart the Black Isle as Inverness plans get the green light

07 February 2024
Black Isle Brewery set to depart the Black Isle as Inverness plans get the green light

Black Isle Brewery set to depart the Black Isle as Inverness plans get the green light

07 February 2024

The company says it will retain staff and its premises at Allangrange but it needs more space to expand as it hopes to attract 20,000 visitors.


Jamie Halcro Johnston: SNP's nearly £80 million in cuts will hit rural Scotland hard

06 February 2024
Jamie Halcro Johnston: SNP's nearly £80 million in cuts will hit rural Scotland hard

Jamie Halcro Johnston: SNP's nearly £80 million in cuts will hit rural Scotland hard

06 February 2024

He says 'decisions by SNP and Green ministers in Edinburgh that will have a real impact on life here in the Highlands.'


Maxine Smith says 'sorry' but hits out at critics after getting one-month suspension

06 February 2024
Maxine Smith says 'sorry' but hits out at critics after getting one-month suspension

Maxine Smith says 'sorry' but hits out at critics after getting one-month suspension

06 February 2024

She says she accepts the sanction adding 'being a councillor in these conditions is extremely trying and stressful.'


Watchdog suspends Councillor Maxine Smith for one month after 'maternity leave' claim

06 February 2024
Watchdog suspends Councillor Maxine Smith for one month after 'maternity leave' claim

Watchdog suspends Councillor Maxine Smith for one month after 'maternity leave' claim

06 February 2024

She felt Tamala Collier may not be 'consistent' enough to sit on a planning committee while also failing to register interests in time.


Watchdog suspends Councillor Maxine Smith for one month after 'maternity leave' claim

06 February 2024
Watchdog suspends Councillor Maxine Smith for one month after 'maternity leave' claim

Watchdog suspends Councillor Maxine Smith for one month after 'maternity leave' claim

06 February 2024

She felt Tamala Collier may not be 'consistent' enough to sit on a planning committee while also failing to register interests in time.


Highland Council overpaid 593 former staff racking up a bill of £863,000

05 February 2024
Highland Council overpaid 593 former staff racking up a bill of £863,000

Highland Council overpaid 593 former staff racking up a bill of £863,000

05 February 2024

MSP Edward Mountain said it was 'beyond belief' and that the responsible parties should help pay the money back.


Transport secretary Mairi McAllan due to appear at the A9 dualling inquiry this week

05 February 2024
Transport secretary Mairi McAllan due to appear at the A9 dualling inquiry this week

Transport secretary Mairi McAllan due to appear at the A9 dualling inquiry this week

05 February 2024

The probe is aimed at finding out what went wrong so mistakes are not repeated and ensuring the new 2035 dualling deadline is reached.


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