The Leader podcast: Does Turing on the £50 note change anything for the LGBT+ community?

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Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey holds the new £50 note (REUTERS)
Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey holds the new £50 note (REUTERS)

We’re joined by the CEO of PinkNews, Benjamin Cohen, to talk about Alan Turing appearing on the Bank of England’s new £50 note.

The scientist and wartime code-cracker is the first LGBT+ person to ever be given the honour, and he’s also being remembered at GCHQ with a giant artwork.


It’s a huge turnaround for the reputation of a man who despite being a hero of the Second World War was prosecuted in the 1950s for his sexuality and died at the age of 41 with cyanide poisoning.

But while supporting the symbolism of the move, Benjamin asks how powerful it can be with so few people using cash – and even fewer having £50 notes?

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