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Alex Salmond denies defeat in independence debate

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has refused to concede he lost last night's independence debate despite most most of this morning's newspaper headlines handing victory to the leader of the No campaign Alistair Darling.

I was much more interested in the ICM poll which was conducted through the debate last night. Yes support started at 45% and at end of the debate polled at 47%. Which is one of the highest poll ratings we have ever had and is within touching distance of a majority. What was particularly significant was a 9% rise in support among women, which most polls have indicated has been one of the weaknesses of the Yes campaign.

– Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond

Read: Darling 'edges first Scottish independence debate'

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Darling's currency questioning sparks most tweets

Alistair Darling's questioning of Alex Salmond's currency plans for an independent Scotland sparked the most tweets during last night's debate.

More than 2,000 tweets were sent during that moment, with a total of 186,267 sent throughout the entire event.

The Yes campaign gained more than double the number of tweets over the course of the day, despite a Guardian/ICM poll suggesting Better Together leader Alistair Darling came out on top during the debate.

Watch: Darling attacks Salmond over currency plans

Darling 'edges first Scottish independence debate'

The debate over Scottish independence has taken place with the first live television clash between the First Minister Alex Salmond and the man leading the campaign to keep the UK together Alistair Darling being shown on STV.

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Better Together leader, Alistair Darling Credit: PA Wire

A poll conducted by ICM for the Guardian has found that Alistair Darling won the first Scottish independence debate by 56% to Alex Salmond's 44%.

There are now just over six weeks to go until voters in Scotland decide whether to remain in the UK or become an independent nation in the September 18 referendum.

Papers' independence verdict: 'Darling draws first blood'

Newspapers in Scotland widely declared pro-union leader Alistair Darling the victor in the first television debate on Scottish independence.

The Daily Telegraph claimed Salmond had failed to find an answer on the currency issue, while The Herald claimed Darling had drawn first blood ahead of the referendum on September 18.

A panel of undecided voters polled by ITV News favoured Darling's argument in the debate.

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Poll: Alistair Darling wins first independence debate

A poll conducted by ICM for the Guardian has found that Alistair Darling won the first Scottish independence debate by 56% to Alex Salmond's 46%.

Miliband tweets support for Alistair Darling

Pro-union Westminster politicians, including Labour leader Ed Miliband, tweeted their support for Alistair Darling after the first Scottish independence debate tonight.

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Well done Alistair. Showed that Better Together offers the best of both worlds and Alex Salmond has no answers on the key questions.

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Darling won that hands down, the right questions, the strongest arguments for the UK - Salmond's bluff and bluster no match #ScotDecides

Read: Darling shows he's not quite the 'bore of Britain'

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