Austen bank note 'a fantastic day for people power'

Campaigners have hailed the Bank of England decision to have author Jane Austen appear on the new £10 note as "a brilliant day for women and a fantastic one for people power."

A 35,000-name petition was presented to the Bank in the wake of the decision to put Sir Winston Churchill on £5 notes in place of prison reformer Elizabeth Fry - one of only two female selections since historical figures were introduced in 1970.

Caroline Criado-Perez, who set up the petition on campaign site Change.org, said:

Without this campaign, without the 35,000 people who signed our Change.org petition, the Bank of England would have unthinkingly airbrushed women out of history.

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Jane Austen on new £10 notes

Pride And Prejudice author Jane Austen will appear on £10 notes from 2017, the Bank of England has announced.