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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 rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

21 February 2024
Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

Highland Council rejects bid to protect teachers from 'pressure' to award good marks

21 February 2024

Focus on attainment was lost as councillors defend officials over a 'judgmental' education report critical of primary school staff.


Questions remains as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

21 February 2024
Questions remains as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

Questions remains as Highland Council issues statement about its budget

21 February 2024

Council leader Raymond Bremner said: 'It has been our priority to protect jobs and services wherever possible.'


Exclusive: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

20 February 2024
Exclusive: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

Exclusive: Highland Council budget includes potential job losses and adult social care cuts

20 February 2024

But there is little information on roads spending as the £602.5 million budget seeks to plug a £65 million blackhole.


Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

19 February 2024
Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

Highland Council education bosses blame poor attainment on primary school teachers

19 February 2024

Councillor Helen Crawford says asking 'teachers to mark more generously' is 'just a big sticking plaster.'


Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

15 February 2024
Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

Blunder saw Highland Council pay one former employee for 33 months – after leaving

15 February 2024

593 staff past and present were overpaid and now face salary reductions, debt recovery and legal action to force the return of cash.


ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

13 February 2024
ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

ARIANE BURGESS: 'The future of our local food system depends' skilled growers

13 February 2024

The Greens MSP says 'I am actively advocating for the establishment of a dedicated degree-level course in horticulture and business skills.'


Fergus Ewing 'delighted' Fiona Hyslop is appointed transport secretary overseeing the A9

09 February 2024
Fergus Ewing 'delighted' Fiona Hyslop is appointed transport secretary overseeing the A9

Fergus Ewing 'delighted' Fiona Hyslop is appointed transport secretary overseeing the A9

09 February 2024

The Inverness and Nairn MSP says of Humza Yousaf's pick that 'no one has put more effort into A9 dualling than Fiona'


WATCH A9 Inquiry: 'I hear what you are saying but I'm just not convinced'

07 February 2024
WATCH A9 Inquiry: 'I hear what you are saying but I'm just not convinced'

WATCH A9 Inquiry: 'I hear what you are saying but I'm just not convinced'

07 February 2024

Fergus Ewing demands answers from Mairi McAllan about the 'complete failure to adhere to the very clear schedule.'


Jamie Halcro Johnston: SNP's nearly £80 million in cuts will hit rural Scotland hard

06 February 2024
Jamie Halcro Johnston: SNP's nearly £80 million in cuts will hit rural Scotland hard

Jamie Halcro Johnston: SNP's nearly £80 million in cuts will hit rural Scotland hard

06 February 2024

He says 'decisions by SNP and Green ministers in Edinburgh that will have a real impact on life here in the Highlands.'


Highland Council overpaid 593 former staff racking up a bill of £863,000

06 February 2024
Highland Council overpaid 593 former staff racking up a bill of £863,000

Highland Council overpaid 593 former staff racking up a bill of £863,000

06 February 2024

MSP Edward Mountain said it is 'beyond belief' and responsible parties should help pay back money


Transport secretary Mairi McAllan due to appear at the A9 dualling inquiry this week

05 February 2024
Transport secretary Mairi McAllan due to appear at the A9 dualling inquiry this week

Transport secretary Mairi McAllan due to appear at the A9 dualling inquiry this week

05 February 2024

The probe is aimed at finding out what went wrong so mistakes are not repeated and ensuring the new 2035 dualling deadline is reached.


Kate Forbes as finance secretary 'wasn’t invited' to top Covid decision-making group

30 January 2024
Kate Forbes as finance secretary 'wasn’t invited' to top Covid decision-making group

Kate Forbes as finance secretary 'wasn’t invited' to top Covid decision-making group

30 January 2024

She told the UK Covid Inquiry 'I’m not even sure I was aware that they existed.'


Highland MSP hits back after Jason Leitch brands him as ‘rude’ in message to Humza Yousaf

26 January 2024
Highland MSP hits back after Jason Leitch brands him as ‘rude’ in message to Humza Yousaf

Highland MSP hits back after Jason Leitch brands him as ‘rude’ in message to Humza Yousaf

26 January 2024

Now Edward Mountain slams ‘petulant’ exchange adding it is not his job to be ‘subservient to the Scottish Government’.


WATCH: Highland MSPs baffled by Yousaf's response to healthcare investment halt

25 January 2024
WATCH: Highland MSPs baffled by Yousaf's response to healthcare investment halt

WATCH: Highland MSPs baffled by Yousaf's response to healthcare investment halt

25 January 2024

Labour and Tory MSPs slam First Minister for avoiding responsibility for Scottish Government decisions and again blaming Westminster.


Council hopes accounting move will bring in millions to plug £60 million blackhole

25 January 2024
Council hopes accounting move will bring in millions to plug £60 million blackhole

Council hopes accounting move will bring in millions to plug £60 million blackhole

25 January 2024

By extending its repayment on three Public Private Partnerships it would get a £68 million windfall but increase debt by £146 million.


A9 Inquiry: Reasons why the programme failed remain 'murky' amid government secrecy

24 January 2024
A9 Inquiry: Reasons why the programme failed remain 'murky' amid government secrecy

A9 Inquiry: Reasons why the programme failed remain 'murky' amid government secrecy

24 January 2024

MSP Jackson Carlaw says 'drift' started in 2018 and the public was kept in the dark despite 'serious reservations and doubt' internally.


EDWARD MOUNTAIN: Halt on capital projects 'another hammer blow' for NHS Highland

23 January 2024
EDWARD MOUNTAIN: Halt on capital projects 'another hammer blow' for NHS Highland

EDWARD MOUNTAIN: Halt on capital projects 'another hammer blow' for NHS Highland

23 January 2024

He says the stop 'places in great jeopardy the refurbishment of Raigmore’s maternity unit and projects in Caithness and Lochaber.'


Highland Council plans 7.95% rent hike to raise nearly £900,000

23 January 2024
Highland Council plans 7.95% rent hike to raise nearly £900,000

Highland Council plans 7.95% rent hike to raise nearly £900,000

23 January 2024

Extra cash will go to non-essential maintenance but there are concerns about 'potential affordability impacts'


EMMA RODDICK: 'At work, every positive decision is marred by the bigger picture'

16 January 2024
EMMA RODDICK: 'At work, every positive decision is marred by the bigger picture'

EMMA RODDICK: 'At work, every positive decision is marred by the bigger picture'

16 January 2024

She says 'I’m reminded dozens of times a day of the cost of being in the union.'


Macdonald Aviemore Resort's wedding fair showcases inspiration for soon-to-be married couples

14 January 2024
Macdonald Aviemore Resort's wedding fair showcases inspiration for soon-to-be married couples

Macdonald Aviemore Resort's wedding fair showcases inspiration for soon-to-be married couples

14 January 2024

The event included a catwalk show as well as bridal wear and dresses for mother of the bride or groom too.


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