Alan Turing, face of the 50 Pound Note

Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new design of the Bank of England’s £50 note

He is celebrated for his code-cracking work that proved vital to the Allies in World War Two.

The £50 note will be the last of the Bank of England collection to switch from paper to polymer when it enters circulation by the end of 2021.

Former Manchester MP and gay rights campaigner John Leech, who campaigned for Alan Turing’s pardon, said: “This is a fitting and welcome tribute to a true Manchester hero.

“But more importantly I hope it will serve as a stark and rightfully painful reminder of what we lost in Turing, and what we risk when we allow that kind of hateful ideology to win.”

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