And finally…’scientist’ Thatcher nominated for £50 note

Former Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher could feature on the new plastic £50 note to celebrate her brief career as a scientist.

Her name has entered the fray following a campaign mounted by the rightwing Guido Fawkes blog to “put Maggie on the new £50”.

Baroness Thatcher, who died in 2013, could be nominated because the Bank of England stipulated that nominees must be dead and be linked with British scientific achievement.

Despite being widely accepted to be a myth, Mrs Thatcher was said to have played a role in developing ‘Mr Whippy’ ice cream while a food scientist for J Lyons and Co from 1949 to 1951 before entering politics.

Among the 816 names being considered – around 200 of them women.

But the favourite to be selected as the face of the new £50 is Professor Stephen Hawking, who died in March.