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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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Alex Salmond insists independence campaign is on track

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond insisted that he was not left bruised and battered by last night's televised debate on his country's future.

Most of this morning's newspapers handed victory to Alistair Darling, the leader of the "Better Together" campaign, after they clashed over the pound, EU membership and taxation.

But he told ITV News Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward that he believes his independence campaign is still on track.

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