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The Lord Godber of Willington 

In office
27 June 1963 – 21 October 1963
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
Preceded by John Profumo
Succeeded by James Ramsden

Born 17 March 1914 (1914-03-17)
Died 25 August 1980 (1980-08-26)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative

Joseph Bradshaw Godber, Baron Godber of Willington PC (17 March 1914 – 25 August 1980) was a British Conservative politician and cabinet minister.



Godber was educated at Bedford School and became a nurseryman. He became chairman of the county glasshouse section of the National Farmers Union and of the publicity and parliamentary committee. He was a member of the Tomato and Cucumber Marketing Board.

Political career

Godber was as a Bedfordshire County Councillor. He was elected Member of Parliament for Grantham in 1951, a seat he held until 1979. He served under Harold Macmillan as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1957 to 1960, as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1960 to 1961, as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from 1961 to 1963 and as Secretary of State for War in 1963, under Sir Alec Douglas-Home as Minister of Labour from 1963 to 1964 and under Edward Heath as Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 1970 to 1972 and as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1972–1974. Godber was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1963 and in 1979 he was made a life peer as Baron Godber of Willington, of Willington in the County of Bedfordshire.

Personal life

Lord Godber of Willington died in August 1980, aged 66. In 1936, he married Miriam Sanders in Bedford. They had two sons (including one born in 1938).


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Eric Smith
Member of Parliament for Grantham
Succeeded by
Hon. Douglas Hogg
Political offices
Preceded by
John Profumo
Secretary of State for War
Succeeded by
James Ramsden
Preceded by
Hon. John Hare
Minister of Labour
Succeeded by
Ray Gunter
Preceded by
James Prior
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Succeeded by
Fred Peart


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