Joseph, Sir Keith

   British Cabinet minister. A barrister by profession, and a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Joseph was elected as a Conservative member of Parliament in 1956. After holding junior ministerial posts, he became minister of housing, local government and Welsh affairs from 1962 to 1964, and was appointed secretary of state for health and social services in the Heath government formed in 1970.
   His title was inherited from his father, Sir Samuel George Joseph (1888– 1944), the head of Bovis, a large building firm, who was active in municipal affairs and lord mayor of the City of London, I943–4. Under Mr Heath he became secretary of state for social service (1970–4). In Mrs Thatcher’s government he was first secretary of state for industry (1979–81) and then for education and science (1981–6). He was the founder of the Centre for Policy Studies and was created a life peer in 1987.
   Sir Keith took an active interest in Jewish concerns, including the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and the Institute for Jewish Affairs, in London.

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