James is the BBC's diplomatic correspondent. Before that, he was the BBC's deputy political editor and presented programmes such as The Andrew Marr Show, Daily Politics and The World This Weekend. James joined the BBC in 2003 after a spending a decade at The Times newspaper, primarily as a political correspondent in the Westminster lobby. He also worked as the paper's Brussels correspondent and assistant foreign news editor.
He is the author of two books: Landale's Comic Verse: Cautionary Tales For the 21st Century and Duel: A True Story of Death and Honour, both published by Canongate in 2006.