Call for woman to be featured on £50 note
CAMPAIGNERS have begun the quest to ensure a woman is featured on the new polymer £50 after Treasury ministers confirmed it will not be scrapped,
The Daily Telegraph can reveal. Ministers are preparing to give the go-ahead to the new polymer notes, which will include new technology making them more difficult to forge.
Campaigners have already begun listing possible figureheads to include on the note and the Bank of England is set to launch a new committee to decide the winner in the coming months.
Wes Streeting, a Labour MP and member of the Treasury select committee, said Mary Seacole should be featured on the new note.
Mr Streeting told The Telegraph: “Mary Seacole’s achievements are too often overlooked in history and yet what she did for soldiers in the Crimean War was a act of great heroism which led to her being voted the greatest black Briton.”
The final decision the new note will be taken by Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank.