David Cameron has rejected taking part in a live debate on Scottish Independence. Mr Cameron told Mr Salmond that he would not take part in a debate in a letter. The first minister said: “The government in which Mr Cameron serves as prime minister is central to the entire referendum debate from the perspective of the No campaign.

“I have noted the prime minister’s apparent unwillingness to take part in another General Election debate and I’m sure people will draw their own conclusions from that.

“Indeed, I believe his refusal to debate Scotland’s future with me can be summed up in one word – “feart”.