Calls are growing for a pensioner who tried to save MP Jo Cox to be officially honoured for his bravery.
Bernard Kenny, 77, was stabbed in the stomach as he went to the aid of Mrs Cox when she was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday.
The 41-year-old Labour MP for Batley and Spen died from her injuries. A man, 52, has been charged with her murder.
A petition to Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock said “hero” Mr Kenny deserved the “highest honour”.
It has passed its initial target of 4,000 backers.
The George Cross is the highest bravery honour that can be given to non-military personnel.
Thomas Mair, who is due to appear at the Old Bailey later, is charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.
Mr Kenny, who is in a stable condition in hospital, is understood to be a former miner who was part of the rescue operation during a 1973 Yorkshire mining disaster.
Seven men died when part of the now-closed Lofthouse Colliery, near Leeds, flooded.
The petition calls on the Home Office “to award the George Cross to hero who fought attacker of Jo Cox MP”.
It adds: “We believe that Bernard Kenny deserves the highest honour for bravery that this country can award.
“The Cabinet Office must make it so as quickly as possible, so that our nation’s thoughts are on love and bravery rather than hate and fear.”
Mr Kenny’s actions were remembered at a church service at St Peter’s Church in Birstall on Sunday.
Parishioner Leif Wickes, who led prayers, said that “despite his 77 years” Mr Kenny “intervened in the attack to try to save Jo’s life and was stabbed and badly injured”.
He added: “We give thanks for his courage and …read more
Source:: BBC UK