Salmond challenges Cameron as Darling refuses

David Cameron is likely to refuse Alex Salmond's challenge. Picture: Ian Georgeson
David Cameron is likely to refuse Alex Salmond's challenge. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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Scottish independence campaigner Alex Salmond has again challenged Prime Minister David Cameron to meet him in a live debate.

Fresh from his acknowledged victory over his Better Together rival Alistair Darling in their second TV clash, Mr Salmond has thrown down the gauntlet inviting Mr Cameron to go toe-to-toe with him.

As Mr Darling ruled out any further TV clashes a buoyant Mr Salmond said: “Darling isn’t taking any more so let’s have the man himself.”

But Mr Cameron seems certain to reject the challenge once again.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has already set out in a letter why he will not debate with Alex Salmond.”

As campaigning continues today Mr Darling will be reunited with former prime minister Gordon Brown at a rally in Dundee.

In Edinburgh, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will tell members of the Asian community that being part of the UK helps Scots firms do business overseas.