Cameron under pressure for public debate with Salmond

David Cameron has come under renewed pressure for a public debate with Alex Salmond following his New Year anti-independence message and a new SNP poll which suggests a substantial number of British people want to see them go head-to-head on television.

Prime Minister David Cameron with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond Credit: ndrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Over three-fifths of people in Scotland and over half of people in the rest of the UK think there should be televised referendum debate between the Prime Minister and First Minister, a Panelbase poll commissioned by the SNP found.

This compares with around a quarter on both sides of the border who do not wish to see a TV debate, the poll suggests.Mr Cameron has steadfastly refused Mr Salmond's challenge, insisting the debate should be amongst the people of Scotland.

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Cameron under pressure for TV debate with Salmond

David Cameron has come under renewed pressure for a public debate with Alex Salmond following his New Year anti-independence message and a new SNP poll which suggests many British people want to see them go head-to-head on television.