First Minister Alex Salmond
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Scotland's referendum: Salmond says independence will benefit whole UK

4 March 2014 Last updated at 20:34 GMT

An independent Scotland with a strong economy would benefit the whole of the UK, First Minister Alex Salmond has told a gathering in London.

In his New Statesman lecture the SNP leader said a post-Yes Scotland would help "rebalance the economic centre of gravity" across the UK.

"There would be a 'Northern Light' to redress the influence of the 'dark star' - rebalancing the economic centre of gravity across these islands."