Former miner who tried to stop extremist attacking MP Jo Cox dies

Bernard Kenny, who tried to stop a right-wing extremist from murdering MP Jo Cox, has died.

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

Former miner Mr Kenny, 79, was seriously injured when he was stabbed as he intervened when Thomas Mair attacked Mrs Cox in his home village of Birstall, West Yorkshire, in June 2016.

Mr Kenny was awarded the George Medal for his bravery this June, and in a statement said he was "honoured to receive such an award".

Mr Kenny was included in a list of new bravery awards along with the two West Yorkshire Police officers who arrested Mair.

Pc Craig Nicholls and Pc Jonathan Wright both received the Queen's Gallantry Medal.

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.

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