Lancaster House Talks Chair Lord Carrington dies

11 July, 2018, 14:40 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Lord Carrington as Defence Secretary 1970

The Conservative peer is best known for resigning on principle as foreign secretary three days after Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in 1982.

Lord Peter Carrington, the former Defence Secretary who negotiated a defence agreement with former Prime Minister Dom Mintoff, has passed away at the age of 99. He chaired the Lancaster House talks in 1979, which led to the establishment of the state of Zimbabwe, and later served as secretary general of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation from 1984-88.

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.

The House of Lords website says he died on Monday.


Prime ministers past and present paid tribute to him.

The last surviving member of Sir Winston Churchill's post-war government was remembered as "a lovely man and a great public servant" renowned for his kindness, brilliance and wisdom.

Penny Mordaunt, the global development secretary, said she first met Carrington when he was the chancellor of Reading University where she was studying.

Cabinet office Minister David Lidington tweeted Tuesday that he was "sorry to learn of the death of my constituent Lord Carrington".

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