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Jo Cox shooting: Bernard Kenny in Batley Bulldogs tribute

Bernard Kenny
Image caption Bernard Kenny laid a sunflower on the pitch at Batley Bulldogs alongside representatives from rugby league and politics

The man who was knifed while trying to save Labour MP Jo Cox's life has paid tribute to her alongside members of her local rugby league club.

Bernard Kenny, 77, suffered stomach injuries as he went to help the Batley and Spen MP in Birstall on 16 June.

On Sunday, Mr Kenny and his family were guests of honour at Batley Bulldogs' first home tie since her death.

Sunflowers were laid on the pitch by Mr Kenny alongside representatives from the rugby league and politics.

During a minute's silence, fans in the stands held aloft a special tribute programme carrying an image of the 41-year-old MP.

Image caption Match programmes carried an image of Jo Cox on the cover

Paul Harrison, chief executive of Batley Bulldogs, said: "People loved her, she was such a bubbly character and she's going to be sorely missed by the club and the area.

"She was just so full of energy and she made things happen."

Writing on Twitter, Greg Mulholland, Lib Dem MP for Leeds North West and UK Parliamentary Rugby League group representative, said it was "touching and inspiring that hero Bernard Kenny" joined the tributes.

The match saw Batley Bulldogs defeat local rivals Dewsbury Rams 18-16.

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