THE Westminster Government has insisted it will not publish a secret poll on voter attitudes towards Scottish independence paid for with almost £50,000 of taxpayers’ money.

In the firmest comments yet on the Ipsos MORI survey, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said the findings would stay hidden as they were akin to confidential legal advice for ministers.

The Coalition has been facing demands to publish the poll all week since it emerged the Cabinet Office’s devolution team spent £46,550 in January on “market research on attitudes in Scotland towards Scottish independence”.

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