He was a British newspaper proprietor and Labour Politian. He rose from humble origins to become head of Odhams Press, Britiain's largest newspaper and printing combine. He was born in in Birmingham, the youngest of the seven children of David Elias, a Whitby a jet salesman. After moving to London where his father had set up a newspaper business, he began delivering newspapers in Hammersmith. He left school at the age of 13 to take up a job as junior clerk at Odhams Bros, then a small printing firm. He worked his way up to become managing director and eventually chairman of the firm, which after a merger with John Bull in 1920 took the name Odhams Press Ltd. He was also managing director and chairman of the company that controlled the Illustrated London News. He was raised to be the peerage as Baron Southwood, of Fernhurst in the County of Sussex in 1937. In 1944 he was made Viscount Southwood, of Fernhurst in the County of Sussex.
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