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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: I care about voters not headline writers

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said he was more concerned about the voters reaction to last nights debate about Scottish independence than that of the headline writers.

Many judged he had not done as well as Alistair Darling, the leader of the Better Together campaign.

ITV News Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward reports.

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