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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.

WATCH: Jamie Stone says Highland healthcare ‘stripped back and gutted’ by centralisation

18 July 2024
WATCH: Jamie Stone says Highland healthcare ‘stripped back and gutted’ by centralisation

WATCH: Jamie Stone says Highland healthcare ‘stripped back and gutted’ by centralisation

18 July 2024

In the first adjournment debate of new the parliament, he said: ‘17 years of centralisation has wreaked havoc on my part of the world’.


Number of drivers busted speeding on the A9 quadrupled between 2022 and 2023 hitting 13,322

17 July 2024
Number of drivers busted speeding on the A9 quadrupled between 2022 and 2023 hitting 13,322

Number of drivers busted speeding on the A9 quadrupled between 2022 and 2023 hitting 13,322

17 July 2024

Campaigner Laura Hansler says it is ‘absolutely inexcusable’ that the highest recorded speed was 140 mph.


Energy secretary Ed Miliband invited to consider the Highlands as potential location for Great British Energy HQ

17 July 2024
Energy secretary Ed Miliband invited to consider the Highlands as potential location for Great British Energy HQ

Energy secretary Ed Miliband invited to consider the Highlands as potential location for Great British Energy HQ

17 July 2024

MP Jamie Stone says ‘the Highlands is the biggest generator of clean, green energy in Scotland, and yet we suffer from a lack of job opportunities’.


Highland MP Jamie Stone to lead first adjournment debate of new parliament on rural healthcare access

16 July 2024
Highland MP Jamie Stone to lead first adjournment debate of new parliament on rural healthcare access

Highland MP Jamie Stone to lead first adjournment debate of new parliament on rural healthcare access

16 July 2024

He says he has heard ‘horror stories’ but ‘there is not the wit or willpower in the Scottish Government’.


POLITICAL LANDSCAPE: Continuity has not cut it as civil wars break out in the SNP and the Scottish Conservatives

08 July 2024
POLITICAL LANDSCAPE: Continuity has not cut it as civil wars break out in the SNP and the Scottish Conservatives

POLITICAL LANDSCAPE: Continuity has not cut it as civil wars break out in the SNP and the Scottish Conservatives

08 July 2024

Meanwhile Liberal Democrats head to London to represent the Highlands with a new UK government in place.


POLITICAL LANDSCAPE: Continuity has not cut it as civil wars break out in the SNP and the Scottish Conservatives

08 July 2024
POLITICAL LANDSCAPE: Continuity has not cut it as civil wars break out in the SNP and the Scottish Conservatives

POLITICAL LANDSCAPE: Continuity has not cut it as civil wars break out in the SNP and the Scottish Conservatives

08 July 2024

Meanwhile Liberal Democrats head to London to represent the Highlands with a new UK government in place.


Double Highland win leaves Liberal Democrats ‘elated’ but determined to make the north heard

07 July 2024
Double Highland win leaves Liberal Democrats ‘elated’ but determined to make the north heard

Double Highland win leaves Liberal Democrats ‘elated’ but determined to make the north heard

07 July 2024

Jamie Stone intends to ‘get the health service right, let's get education right – these things matter and people were telling me that’.


BREAKING: Liberal Democrats’ Angus MacDonald wins Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire seat after marathon recount

06 July 2024
BREAKING: Liberal Democrats’ Angus MacDonald wins Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire seat after marathon recount

BREAKING: Liberal Democrats’ Angus MacDonald wins Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire seat after marathon recount

06 July 2024

The recount has only just concluded as Mr MacDonald overcame the SNP’s Drew Hendry.


No guarantee the ‘mismanaged’ Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire recount will be delivered today

06 July 2024
No guarantee the ‘mismanaged’ Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire recount will be delivered today

No guarantee the ‘mismanaged’ Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire recount will be delivered today

06 July 2024

Conservatives, Lib Dems and SNP election staff say ‘we are getting more frustrated as this mismanaged election count goes on’.


The new UK cabinet has already met while Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire is yet to declare a winner

06 July 2024
The new UK cabinet has already met while Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire is yet to declare a winner

The new UK cabinet has already met while Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire is yet to declare a winner

06 July 2024

A recap of the count chaos that led to today’s embarrassing recount leaving the seat the last in the UK to announce its results.


The Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire recount is underway by hand – for the third time since the general election

06 July 2024
The Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire recount is underway by hand – for the third time since the general election

The Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire recount is underway by hand – for the third time since the general election

06 July 2024

The flaw in the original vote does not appear to have been identified but it is clear there has been a problem.


Could there be a challenge to the Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire count?

06 July 2024
Could there be a challenge to the Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire count?

Could there be a challenge to the Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire count?

06 July 2024

The Electoral Commission and SNP lawyers are present overseeing the recount process for the last constituency in the UK to declare.


Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire election count abandoned until tomorrow morning

05 July 2024
Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire election count abandoned until tomorrow morning

Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire election count abandoned until tomorrow morning

05 July 2024

A ‘discrepancy’ between verified and the provisional total votes could not be reconciled.


Kate Forbes says the SNP needs to ‘rebuild and regain the trust of the electorate’ after a ‘difficult night’

05 July 2024
Kate Forbes says the SNP needs to ‘rebuild and regain the trust of the electorate’ after a ‘difficult night’

Kate Forbes says the SNP needs to ‘rebuild and regain the trust of the electorate’ after a ‘difficult night’

05 July 2024

Deputy First Minister says with two years before the Holyrood elections the SNP must ‘ensure we can demonstrate delivery, implementation and change’.


BREAKING: Vote check underway for Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire

05 July 2024
BREAKING: Vote check underway for Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire

BREAKING: Vote check underway for Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire

05 July 2024

A ‘discrepancy’ was found between the verified vote tally and the actual vote tally.


BREAKING: Lib Dems’ Jamie Stone wins the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross seat

05 July 2024
BREAKING: Lib Dems’ Jamie Stone wins the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross seat

BREAKING: Lib Dems’ Jamie Stone wins the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross seat

05 July 2024

It is another seat for the Lib Dems who are enjoying a good night with the party expected to get more than 50 seats.


Constituency exit polls suggests Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire is too tight to call

05 July 2024
Constituency exit polls suggests Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire is too tight to call

Constituency exit polls suggests Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire is too tight to call

05 July 2024

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross on the other hand is projected to be a Liberal Democrat win


Exclusive: Caithness Councillor Struan Mackie confirms if Douglas Ross wins his Westminster bid he will replace him at Holyrood

04 July 2024
Exclusive: Caithness Councillor Struan Mackie confirms if Douglas Ross wins his Westminster bid he will replace him at Holyrood

Exclusive: Caithness Councillor Struan Mackie confirms if Douglas Ross wins his Westminster bid he will replace him at Holyrood

04 July 2024

Mr Ross is a Highland list MSP but is seeking election to the Aberdeenshire North and Moray East seat, if he wins then he will resign from Holyrood.


The first votes are being counted as the boxes start to arrive at the count centre

04 July 2024
The first votes are being counted as the boxes start to arrive at the count centre

The first votes are being counted as the boxes start to arrive at the count centre

04 July 2024

Exit polls are suggesting a sure in the Lib Dem vote while the SNP is predicted to keep just 10 seats.


The numbers behind the election count in the Highlands – by far the UK’s largest voting territory

04 July 2024
The numbers behind the election count in the Highlands – by far the UK’s largest voting territory

The numbers behind the election count in the Highlands – by far the UK’s largest voting territory

04 July 2024

There are more than 200 polling stations and more than 700 staff spread across an area twice the size of Jamaica.


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