Tributes have been paid to the former foreign secretary Lord Carrington of Upton, who has died at the age of 99.

The last surviving member of Sir Winston Churchill’s post-war government, Peter Carrington famously resigned from Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet in 1982 after taking responsibility for 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.

Politics – Helmut Schmidt Visit to UK – RAF BensonLord Carrington was Margaret Thatcher’s first foreign secretary (PA)

Downing Street described his death as “very sad news”, while Prime Minister Theresa May’s effective deputy, David Lidington, paid tribute to “a career given to public service”.

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.