Sir Richard Branson dodges independence question

Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson has refused to enter the Scottish independence debate, telling an audience in Edinburgh it is "not his place" to give his opinion.

Sir Richard Branson (right) took part in a Q&A session with veteran broadcaster Alastair Stewart. Credit: PA

The entrepreneur was speaking at the Scottish Business Awards in Edinburgh last night, in front of an audience of 2,000 guests, including First Minister Alex Salmond.

ITV News' Alastair Stewart hosted a question-and-answer session with Sir Richard and asked him if he thought Scotland's famous entrepreneurial track record could be better maintained as part of the UK or under independence.

The billionaire received a round of applause from the audience when he said: "I had a feeling this was going to come up. I'm not sure it's my place to intervene and I know that's a cop out.

"I'm coming to the Commonwealth Games, maybe by then I'll say something."