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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.

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.


John Swinney elected unopposed as new SNP leader

06 May 2024
John Swinney elected unopposed as new SNP leader

John Swinney elected unopposed as new SNP leader

06 May 2024

John Swinney has been crowned the new leader of the SNP after winning the support of potential contender, Highland MSP Kate Forbes.


The Forbes-Swinney partnership is a good move for the SNP but should there be an election?

02 May 2024
The Forbes-Swinney partnership is a good move for the SNP but should there be an election?

The Forbes-Swinney partnership is a good move for the SNP but should there be an election?

02 May 2024

In less than two years Scotland has had three Prime Ministers and will get its third First Minister – without a vote.


What could John Swinney and Kate Forbes working together mean for the Highlands?

02 May 2024
What could John Swinney and Kate Forbes working together mean for the Highlands?

What could John Swinney and Kate Forbes working together mean for the Highlands?

02 May 2024

Kate Forbes says the SNP must ‘rewin trust’ but is change possible for a party after 17 years in power?


BREAKING: Kate Forbes will NOT run to be First Minister, instead she backs John Swinney

02 May 2024
BREAKING: Kate Forbes will NOT run to be First Minister, instead she backs John Swinney

BREAKING: Kate Forbes will NOT run to be First Minister, instead she backs John Swinney

02 May 2024

She says ‘the best way to deliver the urgent change Scotland needs is to join with John Swinney’.


Inverness Central Councillor Bet McAllister to retire in June after 17 years

02 May 2024
Inverness Central Councillor Bet McAllister to retire in June after 17 years

Inverness Central Councillor Bet McAllister to retire in June after 17 years

02 May 2024

Colleagues paid tribute to her saying ‘ thank you Bet, thank you for all you have done’.


John Swinney offers Kate Forbes a top government job as bids to become First Minister

02 May 2024
John Swinney offers Kate Forbes a top government job as bids to become First Minister

John Swinney offers Kate Forbes a top government job as bids to become First Minister

02 May 2024

Now Ms Forbes is set for her own announcement this afternoon about whether she will run for the top job.


Highland Council appoints three familiar faces to top jobs in management shake-up

30 April 2024
Highland Council appoints three familiar faces to top jobs in management shake-up

Highland Council appoints three familiar faces to top jobs in management shake-up

30 April 2024

Malcolm MacLeod, Kate Lackie and Allan Gunn are made assistant chief executives at the local authority.


Kate Forbes says she is ‘considering’ standing to replace Humza Yousaf as First Minister

30 April 2024
Kate Forbes says she is ‘considering’ standing to replace Humza Yousaf as First Minister

Kate Forbes says she is ‘considering’ standing to replace Humza Yousaf as First Minister

30 April 2024

The Highland MSP says she is conscious of a ‘groundswell of support’ but she is still ‘weighing everything up’.


Highland Council announces £2 BILLION schools and roads investment programme

30 April 2024
Highland Council announces £2 BILLION schools and roads investment programme

Highland Council announces £2 BILLION schools and roads investment programme

30 April 2024

The plans are aimed at dealing with at least 12 school and spending millions more on much needed road repairs.


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