Campaigners for women on banknotes to stage march

Campaigners dressed as inspirational women from history will converge on the Bank of England today to deliver a 30,000-strong petition calling for better female representation on banknotes.

Costumed campaigners will march to the Bank of England in the City of London Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The petition follows a row over the choice of Sir Winston Churchill to appear on £5 notes in place of prison reformer Elizabeth Fry - one of only two women selected since historical figures were introduced in 1970.

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, Middlemarch novelist George Eliot and Boudicca, the warrior queen who led a major uprising against occupying Roman forces, will be among the historic characters represented at today's celebration of women.

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