Former foreign secretary Lord Carrington dies at 99

Lester Mason
July 11, 2018

Former prime ministers have led the tributes to Lord Carrington, who's died at the age of 99.

A hereditary peer, Lord Carrington served as an agriculture minister in Churchill's post-World War II government.

He took up his seat in the Lords in 1946 and went on to become the oldest and longest-serving member of Parliament's second chamber.

The former prime minister David Cameron said: "Peter Carrington was a lovely man and a great public servant". His career was given to public service. MP David Lidington, in whose Buckinghamshire constituency the peer lived, said he was "very sad".

He resigned as foreign secretary in 1982, three days after Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, accepting full responsibility as the minister in charge on what he later called the most sorrowful day of his political life.

Then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher tried to dissuade him from quitting, but he felt he had to step down, despite bearing little blame for the government's failure to foresee the invasion. The disgrace must be purged.

During his long career he fulfilled many other roles including defence secretary, chairman of the Tory Party and secretary general of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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