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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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Salmond asks Darling 20 times: Do you agree with PM?

Alex Salmond repeatedly pushed Alistair Darling to give a simple answer as he quizzed him more than 20 times if he agreed with David Cameron that Scotland can be a successful independent country.

The SNP leader told the former chancellor all he needed to give was a "yes" or "no" answer to his question as Darling repeatedly attempted to expand on his initial response.

But Darling refused to give him the word he wanted.

Watch the exchange here:

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