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Final surviving member of Churchill's post-war government Lord Carrington - who was also last Foreign Secretary to resign before Boris - dies a month after his 99th birthday

  • His resignation after Falklands Invasion considered most honourable of all time
  • Until Boris Johnson quit Lord Carrington was the last Foreign Secretary to do it
  • He first served Churchill in 1951 and quit Thatcher's administration in 1982
  • As NATO chief credited with stopping a war between Turkey and Greece in 1987
  • Father-of-three married wife Iona from 1942 but she died aged 89 in 2009

By Martin Robinson, Uk Chief Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 07:27 EDT, 10 July 2018 | Updated: 08:25 EDT, 10 July 2018

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Lord Carrington, the last Tory Foreign Secretary to quit until Boris Johnson resigned last night, died at the age on 99 yesterday, it was revealed today.

The peer served in every Conservative administration from Winston Churchill to Margaret Thatcher, before resigning on principle in 1982 after failing to anticipate the Argentine invasion of the Falklands.

Downing Street described his death as 'very sad news', while Theresa May's effective deputy David Lidington paid tribute to a 'career spent in public service'. 

Until Boris Johnson left his post over Brexit last night, Lord Carrington was the last Foreign Secretary to quit his post while in power.

His decision 36 years ago, taken in the aftermath of the Argentine attack on the Falklands, is widely regarded as the most honourable resignation of modern times.

Thatcher tried to dissuade him from stepping down but he refused saying it had been his responsibility to protect the British overseas territory.

He married Iona McClean on 25 April 1942 and they had three children. Lady Carrington died in June 2009, aged 89.

Lord Carrington, pictured in Downing Street in 2011, has died at the age of 99 
Lord Carrington, pictured in Downing Street in 2011, has died at the age of 99 

Lord Carrington, pictured in Downing Street in 2011, has died at the age of 99 

Lord Carrington at home in Bledlow, Buckinghamshire, in 2013 and had one of the longest and most successful political careers in recent history
Lord Carrington at home in Bledlow, Buckinghamshire, in 2013 and had one of the longest and most successful political careers in recent history

Lord Carrington at home in Bledlow, Buckinghamshire, in 2013 and had one of the longest and most successful political careers in recent history

His first Government post came in 1951 (pictured) when Winston Churchill made him a minister responsible for agriculture and food, pictured here admiring apples at fruit show in Marden, Kent.
His first Government post came in 1951 (pictured) when Winston Churchill made him a minister responsible for agriculture and food, pictured here admiring apples at fruit show in Marden, Kent.

His first Government post came in 1951 (pictured) when Winston Churchill made him a minister responsible for agriculture and food, pictured here admiring apples at fruit show in Marden, Kent.

he was married to Lady Iona Carrington (pictured together) from 1942 until 2009 when she died at the age of 89
he was married to Lady Iona Carrington (pictured together) from 1942 until 2009 when she died at the age of 89

he was married to Lady Iona Carrington (pictured together) from 1942 until 2009 when she died at the age of 89

A hereditary peer, Carrington served as an agriculture minister in Churchill's post-World War II government.   

He went on told hold several of the top jobs in British government, including defense secretary and foreign secretary, until he quit.

But the Falklands resignation wasn't the end of his career.

He served as the 6th Secretary General of NATO between 1984 and 1988, and is credited with stopping a war between Greece and Turkey in 1987.

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. 

Mr Lidington, whose Aylesbury constituency in Buckinghamshire includes the Carrington family home at Bledlow, said on Twitter: 'Very sorry to learn of the death of my constituent Lord Carrington, former Defence and Foreign Secretary & last surviving member of Churchill's post-war govt.

'His career was given to public service. My deep sympathy to his family.'

Lord 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.

Lord Carrington, pictured in 1964, when he was leader of the House of Lords and Minister without Portfolio in Alec Douglas-Home's cabinet 
Lord Carrington, pictured in 1964, when he was leader of the House of Lords and Minister without Portfolio in Alec Douglas-Home's cabinet 

Lord Carrington, pictured in 1964, when he was leader of the House of Lords and Minister without Portfolio in Alec Douglas-Home's cabinet 

Under Mrs Thatcher, pictured together in 1979, he served as Foreign Secretary for three years until his 1982 resignation
Under Mrs Thatcher, pictured together in 1979, he served as Foreign Secretary for three years until his 1982 resignation

Under Mrs Thatcher, pictured together in 1979, he served as Foreign Secretary for three years until his 1982 resignation

But he went on to be a successful NATO Secretary General, pictured with Ronald Reagan in 1984 at the White House
But he went on to be a successful NATO Secretary General, pictured with Ronald Reagan in 1984 at the White House

But he went on to be a successful NATO Secretary General, pictured with Ronald Reagan in 1984 at the White House

 

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