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Carrington, Peter Alexander Rupert, Lord (Peter)

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Born: 1919 AD
Currently alive, at 94 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Politician

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1919 - He was born on the 6th of June.

         - Carington was educated at Eton and RMA Sandhurst.

1938-1940 - He succeeded his father as 6th Baron Carrington and took his seat in the House of Lords on his 21st birthday.

         - He served as a major in the Grenadier Guards and was awarded the Military Cross.

1951-1954 - Lord Carrington became involved in politics and served in the Conservative administrations of Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry for Agriculture and Food from November to October.

1956 - He served as the Ministry of Defence from October.

1959 - He was appointed High Commissioner to Australia, a post he held until October.

1963 - He served under Harold Macmillan as First Lord of the Admiralty until October.

1964 - He was then Minister without Portfolio and Leader of the House of Lords under Sir Alec Douglas-Home until October.

1970 - He was Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords.

1972 - He served as Chairman of the Conservative Party.

1974 - He was briefly Secretary of State for Energy from January to March.

         - Lord Carrington was again Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords.

1979 - He was made Foreign Secretary and Minister for Overseas Development as part of the first Cabinet of Margaret Thatcher.

1979 - He chaired the Lancaster House conference, a wrapup of Zimbabwe's revolutionary war attended by Ian Smith, Abel Muzorewa, Robert Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo, Herbert Chitepo, Josiah Tongogara that paved the way for second elections in February.

         - He took full responsibility for the complacency and failures in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to foresee this development and resigned.

1983 - He became president of the Pilgrims Society.

1984-1988 - Lord Carrington then served as Secretary-General of NATO.

1991 - Lord Carington presided over diplomatic talks about the breakup of the Former Yugoslavia and attempted to pass a plan that would end the wars and result in each republic becoming an independent nation.




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