The public is weighing in on who should be on the new £50 note, with surprising results

£50 note
Afroze Fatima Zaidi

The debate on whose face belongs on the new £50 note rages on. The Bank of England announced earlier in the week that the £50 note won’t be discontinued, but will be replaced with a new polymer note. Since then, the suggestion to have Margaret Thatcher on the new note hasn’t gone down well:


Along with Po from the Teletubbies, people have come forward with several other alternatives for potential candidates. Some suggestions came from pop culture and sports:

It’s worth noting that a petition to put England footballer Harry Maguire, atop an inflatable unicorn, on the new note has gained considerable support:

And there have also been some truly sensible suggestions, such as the late MP Jo Cox:

Having an iconic Black woman on the new note would be a welcome change, too:


Supporters have started petitions for various personalities to receive the honour:

And there’s a particular desire for minority representation on the new note, including nurse and community worker Mary Seacole:

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is backing the campaign to have Muslim WWII spy Noor Inayat Khan on the new note. Although not everyone is convinced:

But ultimately, whoever goes on the new £50 note, it’s important to remember the bigger picture:

Whatever happens, we can likely agree on one thing. Any of the proposed alternatives would be a considerable step up from Margaret Thatcher.

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Afroze Fatima Zaidi