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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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Darling's currency questioning sparks most tweets

Alistair Darling's questioning of Alex Salmond's currency plans for an independent Scotland sparked the most tweets during last night's debate.

Better Together leader Alistair Darling. Credit: PA Wire

More than 2,000 tweets were sent during that moment, with a total of 186,267 sent throughout the entire event.

The Yes campaign gained more than double the number of tweets over the course of the day, despite a Guardian/ICM poll suggesting Better Together leader Alistair Darling came out on top during the debate.

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