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Joseph Westwood (1884 – 17 July 1948) was a Scottish Labour politician.

Educated at Buckhaven Higher Grade School, he worked as a draper's apprentice, messenger boy and miner. Westwood was an Industrial Organiser for Fife miners from 1916-18 and a political organiser for Scottish Miners from 1918 to 1929.


Westwood was elected as Member of Parliament for Peebles and Southern Midlothian from November 1922 until his defeat in October 1931. He was an unsuccessful candidate for East Fife in February 1933 and was elected for Stirling and Falkirk in 1935, for which he sat until his death.

He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to William Adamson as Secretary of State for Scotland from June 1929, and served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland from March to August 1931 and again from May 1940 until May 1945. He was Secretary of State for Scotland from July 1945 until October 1947. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1943.

He died in a car accident in 1948. His is buried in Dysart Cemetery, by Kirkcaldy in Fife, together with his wife.


  • Torrance, David, The Scottish Secretaries (Birlinn 2006)
  • Iain Dale, ed (2003). The Times House of Commons 1929, 1931, 1935. Politico's (reprint). ISBN 1-84275-033-X.  
  • The Times House of Commons 1945. 1945.  
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Donald Maclean
Member of Parliament for Peebles and Southern Midlothian
Succeeded by
Archibald Maule Ramsay
Preceded by
Hugh Murnin
Member of Parliament for Stirling and Falkirk
Succeeded by
Malcolm MacPherson
Political offices
Preceded by
Earl of Rosebery
Secretary of State for Scotland
Succeeded by
Arthur Woodburn


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