Tributes to Lord Carrington, irreverent statesman

Peter Carrington

Former foreign secretary Lord Carrington has died at the age of 99.

Carrington was the longest serving member of the House of Lords and served in the cabinet of six Conservative prime ministers from Winston Churchill to Margaret Thatcher. He also served as Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation from 1984 to 1988. There can be few people who have served our country for as long, and with such dedication, as Lord Carrington did - from his gallantry as a...

The former prime minister David Cameron said: "Peter Carrington was a lovely man and a great public servant. My deep sympathy to his family". MP David Lidington, in whose Buckinghamshire constituency the peer lived, said he was "very sad".

He served in Churchill's government and held many major offices of state, famously resigning as foreign secretary over the Falklands invasion.

In his autobiography Lord Carrington wrote that "despite the impossibility of his behaviour" Mintoff was "a genuine patriot".

"Somebody must have been to blame". The person to purge it should be the minister in charge. Carrington chaired the Lancaster House talks in 1979 which led to to the establishment of an independent Zimbabwe.

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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