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Campaigners call for a BAME figure on new £50 note

DECISION MAKER: Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney will decide who will be the face of the new £50 note

CAMPAIGNERS have called for the Bank of England to have a black, asian, minority ethnic (BAME) figure as the face of the new £50 note.

The campaign, led by director Zehra Zaidi, has gained the support from over 200 people across entertainment and politics, including Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE and Afua Hirsch, who have called for the move in a bid to “reflect modern multicultural Britain".

In a statement obtained by Huff Post, Zaidi said: “The issue of representation is far too important for rivalries. We want to see fine intentions on diversity and inclusion translate into the most visible form of representation the Bank of England can offer: a banknote that each of us can hold, which reflects our shared history and contribution to the UK.”

Wanda Wyporska, the Equality Trust executive director, added that it was time "our black heroes and heroines" were recognised for their contribution to British society.
"Now more than ever, we need to celebrate the rich diversity of UK society: representation on bank notes is a great way to do this," she said.

Those who could potentially become the first BAME face on a British banknote include Crimean war nurse Mary Seacole and Noor Inayat Khan, Britain's first Muslim war heroine.

This comes after the Bank of England appealed to the public for nominations on who should appear on the new note.

Nominations closed on Friday, and the final choice will be made by Bank of England governor Mark Carney in 2019.

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