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Regent in talks over potential buyout

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Watchdog called in over Tory donors

The Electoral Commission is to be asked to investigate the Conservatives' network of financial supporters. The Labour MP Kevan Jones, who has been investigating Tory finances, said he would be writing to the elections watchdog to request more information after it emerged that the son of a controversial Guernsey-based donor has handed the party more than 500,000.

Independent Families: 'Our solution to peak prices: short breaks'

Q. Some friends of ours took their children on a series of weekend breaks last summer prior to the end of term to avoid paying peak holiday prices. We would like to do something similar with our children, aged five and eight, this year. Can you suggest somewhere we could visit either for a day or for a weekend? We would like to spend no more than three hours travelling each way.
Mrs M Rogers, Wiltshire

Letter: Island story

Sir: Your correspondent Michael Clarke (letter, 5 February) has failed to research his subject. The Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey together with their associated islands are not and never have been parts of the United Kingdom.

Letter: Under the Nazis

Sir: There was something missing from your map of Europe in 1945 ("Auschwitz remembered", 27 January). You omitted that part of the United Kingdom under Nazi occupation - the Channel Islands. Jews were deported from Jersey, Guernsey and Sark and some were put to death. There were even labour camps on Alderney where many prisoners lost their lives. Does this omission indicate that there is still a degree of denial in the UK (or in the UK press) that part of the country was under Nazi rule for five years?

Budget backers get pounds 10m pay-out

BUDGET GROUP, the privately held insurance company behind policies sold by the Post Office, Marks & Spencer and Bradford & Bingley, has paid a pounds 10m dividend to its small group of backers with the majority of the payment going to founder and chairman Douw Steyn, the South African- born entrepreneur.

Racing: Guernsey racecourse ready for revival after gap of 13 years

Plans for new racecourses in Britain may seem to be perpetually on hold but racing is poised to return to the island of Guernsey after a gap of 13 years.

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