He conducted a video interview with public affairs correspondent Paul Dale in which he discussed Afghanistan and the economy.
He also spoke of the unlikelihood that a fresh enquiry would be held into the Birmingham pub bombings as the city marked the 35th anniversary on 21 November.
Videos of the interview can be seen at birminghammail.net.
A photography trade show in January is giving snappers the chance to try something a little more glamorous.
For £10, photographer Damian McGillicuddy is offering visitors the chance to snap latex-clad models in special workshops.
They are part of the 2010 SWPP Convention in London which runs from 15 to 17 January.
The modelling workshops are being held on the first day – for details and to book a place email email@example.com.
The winners of the sixth annual Business Travel Journalism Awards were revealed at a ceremony in London.
Organised by travel management firm Carlson Wagonlit Travel, winners included The Economist and The Times.
Visit businesstraveljournalismawards.co.uk for more on the awards and the full list of winners.
A new website has been launched offering online e-courses for journalists, writers and bloggers.
Among the subjects covered are media law, writing for the web and copyright.
It is being run by training specialists ETC – visit contentetc.com for more details.
Property Week and Shortlist were among the winners at the PTC New Journalist of the Year Awards.
Run by the Periodicals Training Council, they honour the best up-and-coming talent in magazine and B2B journalism.
For more details visit ppa.co.uk.