MP Iain Stewart supports ‘Turing tenner’ campaign as petition gains 22,000 signatures

Alan Turing
Alan Turing

A PETITION to get codebreaking hero Alan Turing on the new £10 note has reached more than 22,000 signatures – triggering a response from the Government in the process.

The online petition was set up in March and in it’s first three months gained more than 16,500 signatures.

A Government statement read: “The Bank of England has been including historic characters on its notes since 1970. The Bank welcomes suggestions from members of the public for individuals who might feature on future banknotes, and publishes a list of these suggestions on its website.

“These suggestions inform the process when a new note is under consideration.”

Mr Turing features on the current list, along with Mary Somerville, Charles Babbage and James Clerk Maxwell.

Among those supporting the move is MP for Milton Keynes South Iain Stewart.

He said: “I have long campaigned for Alan Turing to receive recognition for his work during the Second World War at Bletchley Park, and have supported this campaign in Parliament. It would be a fitting tribute to him if he were put on the £10 note.”

Thomas Thurman, who set up the petition, wrote: “Alan Turing is a national hero. His contribution to computer science, and hence to the life of the nation and the world, is incalculable.

“The ripple-effect of his theories on modern life continues to grow, and may never stop. The current Bank of England £10 notes are Series E, but Series F notes are already in circulation for some denominations.

“We therefore call upon the Treasury to request the Bank of England to consider depicting Alan Turing when Series F £10 banknotes are designed.”

To sign the online ‘Turing Tenner’ petition visit the e-petitions website.