Lord Carrington Dies Aged 99

Lord Carrington as Defence Secretary 1970

The former United Kingdom foreign secretary, Lord Peter Carrington, who was the last surviving member of Churchill's 1950s government, has died aged 99. He was also the last surviving member of Winton Churchill's post World War II government.

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.

Born Peter Carrington in 1919, the Eton-educated peer's son won the Military Cross as a tank commander with the Grenadier Guards in 1945.

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Prime ministers past and present paid tribute to him.

"He was a much loved and widely respected member of the House of Lords for almost eight decades, and served with great honour and integrity in government".

Penny Mordaunt, the worldwide development secretary, said she first met Carrington when he was the chancellor of Reading University where she was studying. Carrington's death on Monday came on the same day as the resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis - the first time two cabinet ministers had quit within 24 hours of each other since he and Humphrey Atkins resigned in 1982.

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