|The Right Honourable|
|Secretary of State for Scotland|
3 August 1945 – 7 October 1947
|Prime Minister||Clement Attlee|
|Preceded by||Earl of Rosebery|
|Succeeded by||Arthur Woodburn|
|Member of Parliament for Stirling and Falkirk|
14 November 1935 – 17 July 1948
|Preceded by||James Reid|
|Succeeded by||Malcolm MacPherson|
|Member of Parliament for Peebles and Southern Midlothian|
15 November 1922 – 27 October 1931
|Preceded by||Sir Donald Maclean|
|Succeeded by||Archibald Maule Ramsay|
|Born||11 February 1884|
|Died||17 July 1948 (aged 64)|
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 the Member of Parliament for Peebles and Southern Midlothian at the 1922 general election, and represented the constituency until he lost the seat in 1931. He was a candidate for East Fife at a by-election in February 1933 and was elected at Stirling and Falkirk in 1935, for which he represented until his death thirteen years later.
Westwood 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 served as Secretary of State for Scotland from July 1945 until October 1947. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1943.
Westwood died in a car accident in 1948, and 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.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Joseph Westwood
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Sir Donald Maclean
| Member of Parliament for Peebles and Southern Midlothian
Archibald Maule Ramsay
| Member of Parliament for Stirling and Falkirk
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| Secretary of State for Scotland
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