Peter Carrington, last survivor of Churchill government, dies at 99

Blanche Robertson
July 11, 2018

Tributes were paid yesterday to Lord Carrington, the last survivor of Winston Churchill's 1950s government, who died on Monday aged 99. He went on told hold several of the top jobs in British government, including defense secretary and foreign secretary.

Peter Carrington was a lovely man and a great public servant.

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 had also served as defence secretary and agriculture minister. His career was given to public service.

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In 1982, while foreign secretary, he tendered a dignified resignation after acknowledging the failure to foresee the Argentinian invasion of the islands in the South Atlantic. MP David Lidington, in whose Buckinghamshire constituency the peer lived, said he was "very sad".

"Somebody must have been to blame".

Lord Peter Carrington played a key role in establishing the modern state of Zimbabwe, chairing the Lancaster House talks in 1979 which led to its creation from what was formerly southern Rhodesia. He also was North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary-general in the mid-1980s when there was a clear thawing in relations between Washington and Moscow.

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