New £20 note: Sir David Attenborough favourite "ethical" face chosen by Brits, poll reveals, sorry JMW Turner

 
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From national treasure, to actual treasure: People want Attenborough on £20 notes (Source: Getty)

National treasure Sir David Attenborough has been named as Britons' favourite face to appear on the new £20 note, a new poll reveals.

Asked which "ethical champion" should front the next note to go into circulation, a poll of more than 2,000 people by YouGov survey for Good Money Week found overwhelming support for the broadcaster and nature lover.

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He was chosen ahead of chef Jamie Oliver, entrepreneur Richard Branson, Prince Charles,Harry Potter author JK Rowling.and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

“With his endless conservation work, he would act as a constant reminder to the public to make ‘ethical’ money choices, which is what Good Money Week – now in its tenth year – aims to do," said Charlene Cranny of UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF).

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“It’s particularly important this year as the workplace pension comes into full force and millions of pounds could be chosen to be invested ethically if people were aware of their choices.”

The Bank of England has chosen artist JMW Turner to appear on the note which is expected to come into circulation in 2020. But, the group has launched a petition uging the central bank to change its mind.

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