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Jo Cox ‘hero’ Bernard Kenny’s receives posthumous George Medal by The Queen

The widow of Bernard Kenny, the pensioner who tried to stop the murder of  MP Jo Cox, received the George Medal on his behalf on Tuesday at Buckingham Palace.

On 16th June 2016, Mr Kenny gave no thought for his own life after he tried to protect the MP from a far-right terrorist who assassinated her in broad daylight.

Mr Kenny was stabbed in the chest as he intervened and was praised as a hero for his actions.

Following the news of his heroic actions, Mr Kenny’s name appeared in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The former miner, who shared the same birthday as Jo Cox, said at the time: “I am honoured to receive such an award.”

Mr Kenny died in August at the age of 79 and never received his honour from The Queen in person.

In the attack last year, he was seriously injured, but the cause of his death was not believed to be related to the incident.

His widow, Doreen Kenny, accepted the award on his behalf at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Jo Cox was killed by Thomas Mair in 2016 after he stabbed her fifteen times and shot her a further three times. Mrs Cox was killed in the street as she was about to attend a constituency surgery.

Following the attack, almost 100,000 people signed an online petition calling for Mr Kenny to be awarded the George Cross for his bravery.

Tracey Brabin MP, who replaced Mrs Cox as Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, said Mr Kenny was “brave and selfless”.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours, which is one of the two annual honours lists released (the other at New Year’s) in which individuals who have contributed to public life, in one way or another, are honoured for their service.

Honours can range from knighthoods to the recently-reintroduced British Empire Medal, given for contributions on a more local level such as for services to charity or fundraising.

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