Ministers back campaign to put Noor Inayat Khan on £50 note

A statue of Noor Inayat Khan, a British spy captured and killed by the Nazis during World War II, is unveiled by Britain’s Princess Anne in central LondonCredit:OLIVIA HARRIS/Reuters Many have supported the campaign “The more you learn about her, the more you learn how brave and bold she was.”I believe she was also involved in rescuing some British and American pilots. Being able to do what she did with the limited resources they had would be remarkable.”These are the things you don’t ascribe to women especially not women in the WWII – it’s important to recognise the achievements of women, this is really the year of the women.”It’s also interesting and important to note her faith, which drove her to make this ultimate sacrifice and serve her country.” Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani told The Telegraph: “It’s a phenomenal story, you don’t think about the money in your purse, when you think about young girls taking a minute to think about the fantastic work that she did and the ultimate sacrifice she made… A statue of Noor Inayat Khan, a British spy captured and killed by the Nazis during World War II, is unveiled by Britain's Princess Anne in central London Many have supported the campaign Foreign Office Minister of State Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon also joined the campaign.He said: “Honour to lend support to a great campaign…to recognise a brave British Muslim woman-Noor Inayat Khan as the face of £50 note – she served our nation with courage against Nazi tyranny.”The idea also appeared to be gathering popularity in the Treasury; Robert Jenrick, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, ‘liked’ a tweet asking the public to sign a petition in favour of the campaign. The campaign has begun to pick up momentum after being spearheaded by activist Zehra Zaidi, Tom Tugendhat MP and Baroness Warsi, and there are now 1,500 signatures on a petition urging the Bank of England to choose the spy. Ministers have thrown their support behind a campaign to put World War II hero Noor Inayat Khan on the new £50 note.After the Bank of England announced there would be an open submissions process for the new note, which will be reissued in plastic in 2020, ministers and historians said it was the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the brave Muslim spy. Ms Inayat Khan was the first Muslim heroine of the conflict, running Winston Churchill’s network of resistance communication in Paris, before being captured and tortured by the Gestapo, then murdered by the SS at Dachau concentration camp.Despite being born to a wealthy family and having the option of a comfortable life, the heroine decided to serve Britain after fleeing from her home in Paris following the fall of France.She trained for the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and was later recruited as an agent for the Special Operations Executive (SOE), becoming the first female radio operator sent into Nazi-occupied France in 1943, aged just 29.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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