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Who are the longest serving parliamentarians of all time?

Lord Carrington was among them but did not hold the record

By Martha Gill  

When Lord Carrington died this month the country lost one of its longest serving parliamentarians. Carrington had been around long enough to have passed Margaret Thatcher a note during her conversation with a foreign official, “The poor chap’s come 600 miles. Do let him say something,” it read—and to have got away with sarcastically telling a group of lobby hacks that “cruise missiles, Trident…” would be used to protect fishing fleets, without this joke being reported and causing a scandal as it would in today’s political climate. His span of…

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