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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 declares a ‘housing challenge’ as it needs 24,000 homes in a decade costing up to £2.8 billion

19 June 2024
Highland Council declares a ‘housing challenge’ as it needs 24,000 homes in a decade costing up to £2.8 billion

Highland Council declares a ‘housing challenge’ as it needs 24,000 homes in a decade costing up to £2.8 billion

19 June 2024

The local authority issues a paper looking at how renewable companies could help deliver the new homes.


Scottish Labour candidate Michael Perera says the party wants to help councils repurpose homes and sell them to people for just £1

17 June 2024
Scottish Labour candidate Michael Perera says the party wants to help councils repurpose homes and sell them to people for just £1

Scottish Labour candidate Michael Perera says the party wants to help councils repurpose homes and sell them to people for just £1

17 June 2024

The bold move would see empty homes repurposed and put back on the market alongside if people commit to living locally.


WATCH: Greens slammed as ‘morally corrupt’ after claiming A9 dualling is ‘a subsidy for wealthy, usually white men’

17 June 2024
WATCH: Greens slammed as ‘morally corrupt’ after claiming A9 dualling is ‘a subsidy for wealthy, usually white men’

WATCH: Greens slammed as ‘morally corrupt’ after claiming A9 dualling is ‘a subsidy for wealthy, usually white men’

17 June 2024

New figures from Transport Scotland show single carriageways on the road are twice as deadly as dualled sections.


Transport Scotland figures show A9 single carriageways twice as deadly as dual carriageways

17 June 2024
Transport Scotland figures show A9 single carriageways twice as deadly as dual carriageways

Transport Scotland figures show A9 single carriageways twice as deadly as dual carriageways

17 June 2024

There were 199 injuries and 15 deaths on single carriageways while on dual carriageways that fell to 114 injuries and seven deaths.


Polls paint a mixed picture for Highland seats – can we trust them?

14 June 2024
Polls paint a mixed picture for Highland seats – can we trust them?

Polls paint a mixed picture for Highland seats – can we trust them?

14 June 2024

They are currently predicting wins for Liberal Democrats and the SNP


Highland Council ‘marks a major milestone’ as it endorses Green Freeport final business case

11 June 2024
Highland Council ‘marks a major milestone’ as it endorses Green Freeport final business case

Highland Council ‘marks a major milestone’ as it endorses Green Freeport final business case

11 June 2024

Freeport chief executive Calum MacPherson says the ‘the public and private sectors coming together for the long-term benefit of the Highlands’.


Deputy First Minister Kate Forbes says Douglas Ross is showing ‘his disdain for the Scottish Parliament’

10 June 2024
Deputy First Minister Kate Forbes says Douglas Ross is showing ‘his disdain for the Scottish Parliament’

Deputy First Minister Kate Forbes says Douglas Ross is showing ‘his disdain for the Scottish Parliament’

10 June 2024

While her Labour shadow Jackie Baillie said ‘I wish Douglas Ross the best of luck in the future’.


Election gamble could see Douglas Ross representing 51% of the landmass of Scotland and 10% of the total population

07 June 2024
Election gamble could see Douglas Ross representing 51% of the landmass of Scotland and 10% of the total population

Election gamble could see Douglas Ross representing 51% of the landmass of Scotland and 10% of the total population

07 June 2024

So has he bitten off more than he can possibly chew as an MP and MSP for more than 500,000 people and 40,000 sq km?


Exclusive: Caley Thistle’s Graeme Bennett says if the club does not find a buyer or investors ‘then we are going to go under’

06 June 2024
Exclusive: Caley Thistle’s Graeme Bennett says if the club does not find a buyer or investors ‘then we are going to go under’

Exclusive: Caley Thistle’s Graeme Bennett says if the club does not find a buyer or investors ‘then we are going to go under’

06 June 2024

But he insists that despite the ‘cry for help’ that ‘Inverness is a good brand. There are a few buyers or investors interested’.


The Conservatives announce their candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross as Dr Fiona Fawcett

05 June 2024
The Conservatives announce their candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross as Dr Fiona Fawcett

The Conservatives announce their candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross as Dr Fiona Fawcett

05 June 2024

It comes just under two weeks after Rishi Sunak campaigned in the constituency and leaves just four week until the general election.


EXCLUSIVE: Ross Morrison resigns as chairman of Inverness Caledonian Thistle

03 June 2024
EXCLUSIVE: Ross Morrison resigns as chairman of Inverness Caledonian Thistle

EXCLUSIVE: Ross Morrison resigns as chairman of Inverness Caledonian Thistle

03 June 2024

He asks fans to ‘rally round the club’ saying ‘administration is a desperate thing to happen to a club and must, at all cost, not happen to ICTFC’.


WATCH: Drone footage of the Highland Hospice zipline on the shores of Loch Ness

02 June 2024
WATCH: Drone footage of the Highland Hospice zipline on the shores of Loch Ness

WATCH: Drone footage of the Highland Hospice zipline on the shores of Loch Ness

02 June 2024

The charity is expecting to ‘welcome more zipliners, along with our catapult participants’ today as well.


PICTURES: Race for Life enjoys good weather for its annual 5k raising cash for Cancer Research UK

02 June 2024
PICTURES: Race for Life enjoys good weather for its annual 5k raising cash for Cancer Research UK

PICTURES: Race for Life enjoys good weather for its annual 5k raising cash for Cancer Research UK

02 June 2024

Spokeswoman Lisa Adams says ‘Race for Life has the power not only to transform lives, but to save them’.


A three year old Highland lad raises more than £1900 for RNLI lifeboats because his Dad serves on one

02 June 2024
A three year old Highland lad raises more than £1900 for RNLI lifeboats because his Dad serves on one

A three year old Highland lad raises more than £1900 for RNLI lifeboats because his Dad serves on one

02 June 2024

Finlay smashed his original £1000 target after walking a mile everyday last month as part of the RNLI Mayday Mile challenge.


Gathering festival in Highland capital dubbed ‘amazing’

02 June 2024
Gathering festival in Highland capital dubbed ‘amazing’

Gathering festival in Highland capital dubbed ‘amazing’

02 June 2024

Organiser Dougie Brown says it is more than about the music but ‘a celebration of all that is great about Scotland and the Highlands.’


WATCH: Alex Salmond says the SNP has failed to make the north a ‘priority’ as he hits the campaign trail

01 June 2024
WATCH: Alex Salmond says the SNP has failed to make the north a ‘priority’ as he hits the campaign trail

WATCH: Alex Salmond says the SNP has failed to make the north a ‘priority’ as he hits the campaign trail

01 June 2024

The former First Minister was staking his party’s claim with Alba’s Highland manifesto targeting housing, jobs, and independence.


Alba set to launch its general election campaign in the north with a Highland manifesto in Easter Ross

31 May 2024
Alba set to launch its general election campaign in the north with a Highland manifesto in Easter Ross

Alba set to launch its general election campaign in the north with a Highland manifesto in Easter Ross

31 May 2024

Alex Salmond alongside Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross candidate Steve Chisholm aim win the party’s first seat at an election win.


WATCH: Nicola Sturgeon blames ‘austerity, Brexit, the pandemic’ for A9 dualling delays’

29 May 2024
WATCH: Nicola Sturgeon blames ‘austerity, Brexit, the pandemic’ for A9 dualling delays’

WATCH: Nicola Sturgeon blames ‘austerity, Brexit, the pandemic’ for A9 dualling delays’

29 May 2024

Fergus Ewing asked her: ‘surely, many people are right to say the A9 just wasn’t the top priority for the Scottish Government’.


Scottish Government set to U-turn on wood burning stoves ban in new build homes

28 May 2024
Scottish Government set to U-turn on wood burning stoves ban in new build homes

Scottish Government set to U-turn on wood burning stoves ban in new build homes

28 May 2024

Deputy First Minister Kate Forbes says she is “delighted that the energy minister has committed to adapting the regulations’.


Labour selects Michael Perera as the party’s Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire candidate

27 May 2024
Labour selects Michael Perera as the party’s Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire candidate

Labour selects Michael Perera as the party’s Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire candidate

27 May 2024

Despite being ‘stunned by Matheson’s brass neck and lies’ Mr Perera says ‘Matheson’s failings in his health brief that are even more egregious’.


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