James Landale

Diplomatic Editor, BBC News

James Landale is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. He has reported on British politics for more than two decades - in print and on the airwaves - covering five general elections and interviewing every prime minister since John Major. 

James is currently the BBC's Diplomatic Correspondent. He has also presented a variety of programmes on television and radio including the Andrew Marr Show on BBC1, The Daily Politics on BBC 2 and The World at One and Westminster Hour on BBC Radio 4. 

In December 2015, he was named Broadcaster of the Year by the Political Studies Association for what they called his "huge contribution to the public understanding of politics". 

James began his career in 1992 as a trainee for The Times. He spent ten years with the paper, mostly as a Political Correspondent at Westminster. But he also worked as the Brussels Correspondent and assistant foreign news editor.

In 2003 he was headhunted by the BBC where he was appointed a Political Correspondent. He was swiftly promoted to Chief Political Correspondent, leading the BBC's 24 hour political news coverage from Westminster for five years. In 2009, he was promoted to Deputy Political Editor, covering politics primarily for the BBC's flagship Six and Ten o'clock news and Radio 4 news programmes. In 2016, he was appointed Diplomatic Correspondent. 

In 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Bristol University. James has written several books including Duel - a true story of death and honour (Canongate) that recounts not just the extraordinary history of pistol duelling but also the story of James' ancestor who took part in the last fatal pistol in Scotland.