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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.

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’.


ICT chairman says ‘I get that people are p****d off’

28 May 2024
ICT chairman says ‘I get that people are p****d off’

ICT chairman says ‘I get that people are p****d off’

28 May 2024

Ross Morrison says ‘if we don’t get the season ticket money then we cannot pay the wages… then the club goes bust.’


EXCLUSIVE: Caley Thistle chairman says ‘I would stand down tomorrow’ if it helped the club

28 May 2024
EXCLUSIVE: Caley Thistle chairman says ‘I would stand down tomorrow’ if it helped the club

EXCLUSIVE: Caley Thistle chairman says ‘I would stand down tomorrow’ if it helped the club

28 May 2024

Ross Morrison says ‘I can understand the fans feelings’ as he speaks out for the first time since a fans revolt over moving training to Fife.


Town House gets a new logo at a cost of £950 paid out of the Inverness Common Good Fund

28 May 2024
Town House gets a new logo at a cost of £950 paid out of the Inverness Common Good Fund

Town House gets a new logo at a cost of £950 paid out of the Inverness Common Good Fund

28 May 2024

The loss of Highland Council as a tenant costs the fund in excess of £310,000 a year.


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’.


Former First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to face a grilling over her role in the A9 dualling failure

27 May 2024
Former First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to face a grilling over her role in the A9 dualling failure

Former First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to face a grilling over her role in the A9 dualling failure

27 May 2024

The timing is uncomfortable for the SNP as it highlights one of its biggest broken promises in the middle of the general election campaign.


WATCH: Kate Forbes says SNP can be trusted despite First Minister backing shamed ex-minister

24 May 2024
WATCH: Kate Forbes says SNP can be trusted despite First Minister backing shamed ex-minister

WATCH: Kate Forbes says SNP can be trusted despite First Minister backing shamed ex-minister

24 May 2024

John Swinney backed Michael Matheson over a 27 day recommended suspension – on the day of the SNP general election campaign launch.


Sunak says SNP ‘have let down Scottish school children for years and years’ amid anger over election timing

23 May 2024
Sunak says SNP ‘have let down Scottish school children for years and years’ amid anger over election timing

Sunak says SNP ‘have let down Scottish school children for years and years’ amid anger over election timing

23 May 2024

He was responding during a campaign stop in Nigg after John Swinney accused him of being ‘disrespectful’ over the timing.


Highland candidates have their say on Rishi Sunak calling a General Election for July 4

22 May 2024
Highland candidates have their say on Rishi Sunak calling a General Election for July 4

Highland candidates have their say on Rishi Sunak calling a General Election for July 4

22 May 2024

The Westminster hopefuls say ‘it's good that we will soon see the end of this Tory Government’ and ‘my hunch is that it will be a close run thing.’


Confirmed: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announces a General Election for July 4

22 May 2024
Confirmed: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announces a General Election for July 4

Confirmed: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announces a General Election for July 4

22 May 2024

He says ‘now is the moment for Britain to choose its future’ as opinion polls favour a Labour victory in the next 43 days of campaigning.


General Election 2024: Your new Highland constituencies and who is running to become your MP

22 May 2024
General Election 2024: Your new Highland constituencies and who is running to become your MP

General Election 2024: Your new Highland constituencies and who is running to become your MP

22 May 2024

There will be a General Election on July 4.


Victorian Market sees record numbers but still has three vacant premises inside

22 May 2024
Victorian Market sees record numbers but still has three vacant premises inside

Victorian Market sees record numbers but still has three vacant premises inside

22 May 2024

Officials explain there are issues with the electrical supply while more than 5500 a day flocked to market in April.


Exclusive Alistair Campbell interview on the 2024 General Election: The UK is ‘desperate for change’

20 May 2024
Exclusive Alistair Campbell interview on the 2024 General Election: The UK is ‘desperate for change’

Exclusive Alistair Campbell interview on the 2024 General Election: The UK is ‘desperate for change’

20 May 2024

He says ‘I can't think of anything in Britain that has really improved. I can't think of a single thing’ but ‘I'm hopeful of change’.


Alistair Campbell says about UK politics ‘you have got to believe that things can get better – and I think they will’

17 May 2024
Alistair Campbell says about UK politics ‘you have got to believe that things can get better – and I think they will’

Alistair Campbell says about UK politics ‘you have got to believe that things can get better – and I think they will’

17 May 2024

Tony Blair’s former top advisor is set to deliver the keynote speech at the Highland Business Dinner with a positive message.


Judicial review into the handling of the Academy Street revamp to move ahead in blow for Highland Council

16 May 2024
Judicial review into the handling of the Academy Street revamp to move ahead in blow for Highland Council

Judicial review into the handling of the Academy Street revamp to move ahead in blow for Highland Council

16 May 2024

Scotland’s highest court found the local authority’s arguments were the review is #incompetent’ and ‘premature’ to be ‘unfounded’.


John Swinney agrees to sign pledge tabled by The Inverness Courier to dual the A9 by 2035

16 May 2024
John Swinney agrees to sign pledge tabled by The Inverness Courier to dual the A9 by 2035

John Swinney agrees to sign pledge tabled by The Inverness Courier to dual the A9 by 2035

16 May 2024

Asked if he would go as far as Humza Yousaf in putting pen to paper, the First Minister said ‘yes, of course’.


Watchdog says Highland Council has the largest budget gap in Scotland this year

15 May 2024
Watchdog says Highland Council has the largest budget gap in Scotland this year

Watchdog says Highland Council has the largest budget gap in Scotland this year

15 May 2024

Audit Scotland warns ‘it's getting harder for councils to do more with less’ but local authorities could be more transparent.


John Swinney breaks ground at ‘nationally significant’ Ardersier site lining up hundreds of jobs

13 May 2024
John Swinney breaks ground at ‘nationally significant’ Ardersier site lining up hundreds of jobs

John Swinney breaks ground at ‘nationally significant’ Ardersier site lining up hundreds of jobs

13 May 2024

The First Minister says it is ‘literally a phenomenal investment in the future of the Highlands’.


Port of Ardersier owners Haventus secures £100 million investment

13 May 2024
Port of Ardersier owners Haventus secures £100 million investment

Port of Ardersier owners Haventus secures £100 million investment

13 May 2024

First Minister John Swinney says the loan of Scottish and UK public money ‘demonstrates the huge confidence in this new facility.’


A9 Holyrood committee to hear from Alex Salmond

07 May 2024
A9 Holyrood committee to hear from Alex Salmond

A9 Holyrood committee to hear from Alex Salmond

07 May 2024

Alex Salmond is set to give evidence to the A9 dualling inquiry at Holyrood tomorrow.


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