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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.

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.


Former top Alex Salmond advisor says Inverness South vote ‘confirms downward trajectory for SNP’

12 April 2024
Former top Alex Salmond advisor says Inverness South vote ‘confirms downward trajectory for SNP’

Former top Alex Salmond advisor says Inverness South vote ‘confirms downward trajectory for SNP’

12 April 2024

Geoff Aberdein says the party needs to hold the Highlands ‘to have any chance of winning’ the general election in Scotland.


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.


Dingwall institution Batty’s Baps lands at new home

12 April 2024
Dingwall institution Batty’s Baps lands at new home

Dingwall institution Batty’s Baps lands at new home

12 April 2024

Batty’s Baps has fluttered to a new home - and now has a unique calling card from a local celebrity.


First Minister does not believe Hate Crime Act will inhibit free speech

05 April 2024
First Minister does not believe Hate Crime Act will inhibit free speech

First Minister does not believe Hate Crime Act will 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.’


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

04 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)

04 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.’


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.’


Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon are set to appear at A9 dualling inquiry as MSPs seek answers

29 March 2024
Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon are set to appear at A9 dualling inquiry as MSPs seek answers

Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon are set to appear at A9 dualling inquiry as MSPs seek answers

29 March 2024

Convener Jackson Carlaw says they ‘can hopefully shed some light’ so ‘there will be no backsliding on the new 2035 anticipated completion date.’


Multiple deaths on A9 sparks furious letter from Fergus Ewing to the transport secretary

28 March 2024
Multiple deaths on A9 sparks furious letter from Fergus Ewing to the transport secretary

Multiple deaths on A9 sparks furious letter from Fergus Ewing to the transport secretary

28 March 2024

He writes that ‘after nearly a quarter of a century of neglect’ the Scottish Government ‘must do better than the caveated pledge.’


EXCLUSIVE: Council 'sorry' for Highland teacher’s 'inappropriate behaviour' towards girl (15)

28 March 2024
EXCLUSIVE: Council 'sorry' for Highland teacher’s 'inappropriate behaviour' towards girl (15)

EXCLUSIVE: Council 'sorry' for Highland teacher’s 'inappropriate behaviour' towards girl (15)

28 March 2024

The local authority said ‘suitable and robust arrangements were not effectively put in place at school.’


Alex Salmond: I would have ‘definitely finished the A9 by 2025’ as First Minister

26 March 2024
Alex Salmond: I would have ‘definitely finished the A9 by 2025’ as First Minister

Alex Salmond: I would have ‘definitely finished the A9 by 2025’ as First Minister

26 March 2024

He hit out at recent statements that dualling may be delayed again by saying ‘if it is allowed to drift then it will drift into never never land.’


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.


UPDATE: Fortrose Academy loses both head teacher and deputy head to ‘approved leave’

21 March 2024
UPDATE: Fortrose Academy loses both head teacher and deputy head to ‘approved leave’

UPDATE: Fortrose Academy loses both head teacher and deputy head to ‘approved leave’

21 March 2024

Questions are being asked what is behind the move but the council refuses to say what it means by ‘approved leave.’


Highland Council announces Fortrose Academy head teacher Jacquie Ross has been replaced

21 March 2024
Highland Council announces Fortrose Academy head teacher Jacquie Ross has been replaced

Highland Council announces Fortrose Academy head teacher Jacquie Ross has been replaced

21 March 2024

The local authority says she is 'currently absent from work' and Gairloch High head Wim Chalmet is taking over for now.


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.


Alex Salmond set to host a public meeting on the ‘future of the Highlands’ including the A9

20 March 2024
Alex Salmond set to host a public meeting on the ‘future of the Highlands’ including the A9

Alex Salmond set to host a public meeting on the ‘future of the Highlands’ including the A9

20 March 2024

Councillor Karl Rosie will join him as the Alba Party plans a ‘Highland Manifesto’ amid allegations the SNP are 'asleep at the wheel.'


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.


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