Former UK foreign secretary passes away

Former UK foreign secretary passes away

Former British Foreign Secretary Lord Peter Carrington has died at the age of 99, SkyNews reported.

The last surviving member of Sir Winston Churchill’s postwar government, Carrington famously resigned from Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet in 1982 over the Argentinian invasion of the Falkland Islands.

He had previously chaired the Lancaster House talks in 1979, which led to the establishment of the state of Zimbabwe, and later served as secretary general of NATO from 1984-88.

He was a tank commander in the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War, winning the Military Cross in the North-Western Europe campaign.

He took up his seat in the House of Lords in 1946 and went on to become the oldest and longest-serving member of Parliament’s second chamber.

Downing Street described his death as “very sad news”, while the prime minister’s de facto deputy, David Lidington, paid tribute to "a career given to public service," the Independent reported.

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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