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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Salmond and Darling to go head-to-head in TV debate

The leaders of the rivalling Scottish independence campaigns are set to go head-to-head in front of the TV cameras in what could be a pivotal moment in the run up to the September 18 vote.

Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond will front the case for independence, while former chancellor Alistair Darling will argue that the UK is Better Together in the debate organised by STV.

The debate, chaired by Bernard Ponsonby, will be broadcast live on ITV Border and online through the STV Player from 8pm.

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