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Bernard Kenny: Former miner who tried to save MP Jo Cox dies

Bernard Kenny tried to save Jo Cox from Thomas Mair Credit: ITV News

Bernard Kenny, who was awarded the George Medal after he was stabbed while trying to prevent the murder of MP Jo Cox, has died.

Bernard Kenny was seriously injured in the attack which happened in his home village of Birstall West Yorkshire on the 16th June 2016.

The 79-year-old former miner was stabbed through the abdomen and needed hospital treatment after trying to stop far-right extremist Thomas Mair.

MP Jo Cox was murdered last year

There were numerous calls after Mrs Cox's murder for Mr Kenny to be honoured by the nation, including a petition aimed at securing him the George Cross - the highest possible civilian honour.

However, he sadly died before he could receive the honour.

His son Phil Kenny, 58, confirmed that his father died on Monday morning.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin paid tribute on Twitter:

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