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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.

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.

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.

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Debate over Scottish independence to get underway

The debate over Scottish independence gets underway tonight with the first live television clash between the First Minister and the man leading the campaign to keep the UK together.

A referendum on whether Scotland should stay part of the UK will not take place for six weeks. Credit: PA

Alex Salmond will take on former chancellor Alistair Darling, the chair of the pro-UK Better Together group, in a two-hour long TV debate programme this evening.

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.

Polls have so far failed to show a majority in favour of independence, but both campaigns are hoping to to receive a boost in support as a result of tonight's TV debate.

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