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UK Politics

Scottish independence referendum: David Cameron rules out TV debate with Alex Salmond

PM accuses First Minister of a 'diversionary tactic'

David Cameron has ruled out going head-to-head on television with Alex Salmond, the Scottish First Minister, ahead of next year’s referendum on independence.

Mr Salmond has repeatedly challenged him to a debate as he is the most senior politician opposing Scotland leaving the United Kingdom.

But Mr Cameron said yesterday the issue was a matter for “Scots living in Scotland”. He suggested the “no” camp should be represented by the former Labour Chancellor, Alistair Darling, who leads the Better Together campaign.

“I understand why you might wish to pursue a diversionary tactic. It is a convenient means of deflecting attention away from the real issues,” the Prime Minister said in a letter to Mr Salmond.