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Roger Daltrey serenades Capitol Hill in Churchill tribute

The Who's Roger Daltrey performed Stand by Me to a gathering of Senate and House leaders today as Washington honoured Winston Churchill.

The British star was chosen to sing at the unveiling of a bust of the wartime British Prime Minister, which will now stand in the Capitol as a testament to the strength of the relationship between the US and the UK.

Ministry of Defence to sell off Old War Office

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced it is to sell the Old War Office building in Whitehall.

It is hoped moving MoD staff in to a single main building will save £8 million a year.

Ministry of Defence to sell off Old War Office.
Ministry of Defence to sell off Old War Office. Credit: MoD

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “As a result of our work to make the MOD leaner, more professional and more efficient, we are able to concentrate Defence officials in London in a single building and sell the Old War Office.”

The Old Ward Office was built in 1902 and played a crucial role in the major conflicts of the 20th century and housed numerous Secretaries of State, including Sir Winston Churchill.

Earlier this month the MoD put an old Tube station up for sale.

Read more: Tube station used as WW2 command centre for sale

Ministry of Defence to sell off Old War Office.
Ministry of Defence to sell off Old War Office. Credit: MoD

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Carney to review lack of female banknotes characters

Mr Carney said it "is not the Bank's intention" to have no female characters on its banknotes Credit: Bank of England

The new Bank of England Governor has said he is to review the lack of female faces on the back of banknotes after his predecessor's decision to replace the only woman, 19th century prison reformer Elizabeth Fry, on the £5 note with that of Sir Winston Churchill.

Replying to a letter from Mary Macleod, the Conservative MP and chair of the all-party group of women in Parliament, Mark Carney said he "fully understood the concern that has been raised by you, and many others, about the potential absence of a female character."

He added: "I believe that our notes should celebrate the diversity of great British historical figures and their contributions in a wide range of fields."

Mr Carney, who succeeded Lord King two days ago, revealed it will be discussed at the next BoE meeting on 17th July, with a public announcement on the issue before the end of the month.

Read more: Sir Winston Churchill to appear on new £5 note

Read more: Sir Mervyn King hints at Jane Austen bank note

Edward VIII secretly bugged during abdication crisis

Edward VIII was bugged by the government during his final days as King, according to official files made public.

King Edward VIII. Credit: PA

Home Secretary Sir John Simon instructed the General Post Office to secretly record the King's telephone calls during the 1936 abdication crisis, papers held in the Cabinet Office for more than seven decades showed.

Wallis Simpson, the King's divorced American mistress, was in France while calls between royal residences and "the continent of Europe" were recorded.

In November 1936, Edward, who had yet to be crowned, told Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin he intended to marry Mrs Simpson. At that time the Church would not remarry a divorcee when their previous partner was still alive.

The King had hoped to survive the crisis but on December 10 1936 he signed the instruments of abdication ending a reign that lasted only 326 days.

Read: Secret papers reveal drunken wartime meeting between Churchill and Stalin

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Sir Winston Churchill 'was a truly great British leader'

Our banknotes acknowledge the life and work of great Britons. Sir Winston Churchill was a truly great British leader, orator and writer. Above that, he remains a hero of the entire free world. His energy, courage, eloquence, wit and public service are an inspiration to us all. I am proud to announce that he will appear on our next banknote.

– Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England

Sir Winston Churchill to appear on new £5 note

The Bank of England has announced plans to put Sir Winston Churchill on the next bank note.

Sir Winston will appear on the reverse of the new £5 note which is expected to start printing in 2016.

The note is expected to feature a portrait of Winston Churchill from a photograph taken in Ottawa by Yousuf Karsh in 1941.
The note is expected to feature a portrait of Winston Churchill from a photograph taken in Ottawa by Yousuf Karsh in 1941. Credit: Bank of England

The note is expected to feature a portrait of Winston Churchill from a photograph taken in Ottawa by Yousuf Karsh in 1941.

A view of Westminster and the Elizabeth Tower from the South Bank looking across Westminster Bridge.

The image of the Elizabeth Tower with the hands of the Great Clock at 3 o’clock – the approximate time on 13 May 1940 when Sir Winston Churchill declared in a speech to the House of Commons: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” This declaration is quoted beneath the portrait.

A background image of the Nobel Prize medal which he was awarded in 1953 for literature, together with the wording of the prize citation.

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