Lord Carrington, former foreign secretary, dies aged 99

Category : UK News
Updated On : July 11, 2018 05:40 AM
By Indian Times Daily

Former UK Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington, who was the last surviving member of Churchill's 1950s government, has died aged 99.

The Conservative politician was also a former defence secretary. He resigned as foreign secretary in 1982 after the Falkland Islands were invaded by Argentine forces.

Prime Minister Theresa May paid tribute to a "statesman who was respected globally for his remarkable lifetime of public service". The hereditary peer took his seat in the Lords in 1945 after serving in World War Two, where he gained a Military Cross, joining Churchill's government in 1951.

He was agriculture minister under Churchill and later went on to become foreign secretary in Margaret Thatcher's government. After he resigned, taking responsibility for the failure to predict the Argentine invasion, Mrs Thatcher described his resignation as a "devastating blow for Britain".

Lord Carrington was the last member of the House of Lords to hold one of the four great offices of state, and went on to become the longest-serving member of the Upper House, criticising its size in a BBC interview two years ago. Other roles he held during his career included secretary general of Nato, high commissioner to Australia, leader of the Lords and chairman of the Conservative Party.

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