Bernard Kenny: Pensioner who tried to save Jo Cox from killer Thomas Mair dies

Man who intervened to try to save Jo Cox MP dies

Bernard Kenny has died at the age of 79 (Credit: Twitter @parliamentview)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The pensioner who attempted to save MP Jo Cox from her killer has died at the age of 79 after a battle with cancer. 

Bernard Kenny attempted to intervene in the attack on June 16, 2016 to stop Thomas Mair fduring his attack on the MP for Batley and Spen. 

He was stabbed by the neo-Nazi for his efforts and was seriously wounded. 

Brendan Cox, the husband of the late MP, praised the former miner on Twitter, calling him a "hero":

Other leading political figures also paid tribute to Kenny, like Yvette Cooper, the MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford:

Jo Cox was repeatedly shot and stabbed by Mair as she arrived to hold a constituency surgery. 

Mair - who the court heard had shouted "Britain first" as he carried out the attack - was sentenced to a whole life term at the Old Bailey in November last year.