The new £5 Churchill note contains beef suet


What links Winston Churchill and beef suet?

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The new £5 Churchill note contains beef suet

30 November 2016 Last updated at 15:39 GMT

The polymer holding Winston Churchill together in the new machine-washable £5 note has been revealed to contain beef suet.

Henry Smith, who chairs the all party parliamentary group on animal welfare, said: “It”s a shame there are animal-derived products that are being used to make it, and there are alternatives – vegetable-based products that could be used in the polymer.”

The vegetarian Conservative MP spoke to Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn, and called for future £5, £10 and £20 notes to be free of animal-based products. There was also reaction from Conservative Damian Hinds and Labour”s Angela Rayner.

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