Tributes have been paid to the former foreign secretary Lord Carrington, who has died 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 Nato from 1984-88.

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”.

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 postwar govt. His career was given to public service. My deep sympathy to his family.”

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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