24 Jun 2012
Former Scotsman editor John McLellan is to take on a new role as communications director for the Scottish Conservative Party,
McLellan, 50, left Scotsman Publications in April after 19 years with the company, in which time he edited The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News, becoming the group’s editor-in-chief.
The Scotsman was named as Scottish newspaper of the year a week after his departure.
In his new post, McLellan will advise Scottish party leader Ruth Davidson on communications strategy, direction and content.
McLellan said: “Ruth is doing a tremendous job not only in arguing the Scottish Conservative case but in reshaping perceptions of Scottish Conservatism.
“She is clear in her pursuit of modernising the party and moving the debate in Scotland towards the centre-right.
“As the referendum approaches, the party has a key role in ensuring the benefits of the Union and the implications of separation are properly explored.
“It is no secret I strongly priligy believe Scotland has benefitted and will continue to benefit from being a strong part of the United Kingdom and I very much look forward to working with Ruth on developing the Scottish Conservative message at such a crucial time.
“A strong, modern Scottish Conservative voice with the values of hard work, just reward, personal responsibility and choice at its core has never been so badly needed as the SNP and Labour slug it out on the left.”
Ruth said: “I am delighted to welcome someone of John’s experience and standing to the team.
“The Scottish Conservatives are changing and putting forward a bold vision of a centre-right Scotland.
“John’s role will be a vital part of communicating that vision and I am looking forward to working closely with him in delivering the change I want to see in our party and our country.”