|The Right Honourable
The Lord Godber of Willington
|Secretary of State for War|
27 June 1963 – 21 October 1963
|Prime Minister||Harold Macmillan|
|Preceded by||John Profumo|
|Succeeded by||James Ramsden|
|Born||17 March 1914|
|Died||25 August 1980(aged 66)|
Godber was educated at Bedford School, between 1922 and 1931, 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.
Godber was a Bedfordshire County Councillor from 1946 until 1952. 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.
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).
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Joseph Godber
- Portraits of Joseph Godber at the National Portrait Gallery, London
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Grantham
Hon. Douglas Hogg
|Secretary of State for War
Hon. John Hare
|Minister of Labour
|Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food