Justin Robertson, 36, was today found guilty at Winchester Crown Court of murdering supermarket worker Pennie Davis who was stabbed as she tended her horses in the New Forest.
Sir John Major's warning about the threat the SNP could pose to the UK is an "affront to democracy", Scotland's First Minister said.
Nicola Sturgeon hit out at the former Conservative prime minister's remarks, after he intervened in the midst of a General Election campaign which has put the SNP in the political spotlight.
Ms Sturgeon hit back, insisting: "Some of the comments we're hearing in the media this morning from Tory politicians like John Major are actually an affront to democracy."
David Cameron has dismissed criticism about his tactics in relation to the SNP.
Speaking at a PM Direct event in Leeds he said: "All I am doing is pointing out what is as plain as the nose on your face - which is, right now, Labour is facing a wipe-out in Scotland."
Two teenagers from Coventry have been arrested on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria to engage in terrorism, West Midlands Police said.
The 17-year-olds were detained at their home addresses in Coventry by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit at around 6am today.
The arrests were pre-planned and there was no immediate risk to the public, West Midlands Police said.
The boys are currently in custody in the West Midlands area, the force added.
They have been detained under Pace legislation, giving officers a maximum of 36 hours before charging, releasing, bailing or applying to a court for a warrant of further detention.
Ed Miliband have promised an emergency round of nurse recruitment and funding for 1,000 extra training places in the first year of a Labour government.
"To save the NHS we cannot wait. With A&E in crisis, staff shortages and hospitals weighed down by large deficits, this plan has to start immediately.
"First things first, the next Labour government will start by saving the NHS", Mr Miliband said.
Sir John Major said that Nicola Sturgeon talking about the SNP changing the policy of the government delegitimises a Labour coalition - as she is not a candidate for the House of Commons.
The former Prime Minister was answering a question from ITV News Correspondent James Mates: