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Former prime minister Sir John Major has paid tribute to the Queen as an "absolute constant" in British public life.
Her Majesty will today surpass her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria as Britain's longest reigning monarch after inheriting the throne in 1952.
Throughout the last 60 or so years, the Queen has been an absolute constant.
Whilst prime ministers have come and gone, celebrities have come and gone, life has changed, she and the monarchy have been an absolute constant in their lives and I think that is very reassuring.
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."
John Major's comments are silly, over the top and frankly they don't show him in a particularly good light.
My message to John Major is Scotland's voice deserves to be heard in whatever way the Scottish people choose, and voting SNP means Scotland's voice will be heard more loudly and strongly at Westminster than it has ever been heard before.
But it will also be a voice for better and more progressive politics at Westminster, so perhaps it's not surprising that John Major doesn't like that. But what he is saying disrespects democracy, it's up to people in Scotland to vote how they choose to vote and make their voice heard.
David Cameron said he agrees with Sir John Major after the former prime minister suggested the EU was often seen as showing a "lofty disdain" for British concerns.
During a speech in Germany, Sir John put the chance of a British exit from the European Union at "just under 50%" and warned it would become a reality unless there is genuine reform.
When asked about Sir John's speech, Cameron said, "I agree with what he said."
"When countries in Europe have difficulties that need to be addressed, Europe needs to have the flexibility to address them," he said, before describing Sir John's speech as powerful, important and timely.
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has said an independent Scotland would be in a "much weaker position to influence" its interests in the world.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he believes some Scots hare not aware of the full implications of independence, which he accused the SNP of "glossing over".
He said there should be no "assumption that Scotland will be waved into the European Union," and that even if it was, it would find it harder to fight for its own interests.
"Why would Nato let them in," he asked, when the SNP plans to scrap the Trident nuclear deterrent.
It would be a "truly dreadful outcome" for both the UK and the EU if the result of the referendum - promised by Mr Cameron if the Tories win the next general election in 2015 - is that Britain decides to leave, Sir John Major said.
Of course, we would survive, but there would be a severe price to pay in economic well-being, in jobs and in international prestige.
In a world of seven billion people, our island would be moving further apart from our closest and largest trading partners, at the very time when they, themselves, are drawing closer together. This makes no sense at all.
Britain will pay a "severe price" if it votes to leave the European Union, Sir John Major warned.
The former prime minister argued that the exit could cost billions, and would leave the UK isolated internationally yet still required to implement EU regulations it had no part in framing.
Sir John - whose premiership was scarred by long-running battles with Tory Euro-sceptics - backed David Cameron's strategy of renegotiating Britain's membership before staging an in/out referendum as the best way of finally resolving the Europe issue.
Social mobility is being held back in part by a lack of aspiration from people who are not white and middle class, David Cameron suggested.
Endorsing Sir John Major's call for action counter the "truly shocking" dominance of privately educated affluent individuals in powerful positions, he insisted it was not enough just to "make changes and sit back. He said:
"You've got to get out there and find people, win them over, get them to raise aspirations, get them to think they can get all the way to the top."