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Chas Newkey-Burden

Chas Newkey-Burden has been part of TheWeek.co.uk team for more than a decade. He writes the content for the Weekday AM newsletter, including Ten Things You Need To Know and Odd News. He has been a journalist for 25 years, starting out on the irreverent football weekly 90 Minutes, before moving to lifestyle magazines Loaded and Attitude.

He was a columnist for The Big Issue and landed a world exclusive with David Beckham that became the weekly magazine’s bestselling issue. He now writes regularly for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Metro, FourFourTwo and the i new site. He is also the author of a number of non-fiction books, including internationally bestselling biographies of Adele, Amy Winehouse and Justin Bieber. His most recent books are Running: Cheaper Than Therapy and The Runner’s Code, both published by Bloomsbury. Chas appears regularly on television, radio and podcasts discussing everything from veganism to running and show business.

Will Rishi Sunak’s billions ease the cost-of-living crisis?
Rishi Sunak departs Downing Street
Today’s big question

Will Rishi Sunak’s billions ease the cost-of-living crisis?

£15bn relief fund praised as ‘substantial’ and ‘welcome’ – but critics warn it doesn’t go far enough
27 May 2022
How Sue Gray’s report exposed poor treatment of cleaners and guards
10 Downing Street on morning of 25 May
Behind the scenes

How Sue Gray’s report exposed poor treatment of cleaners and guards

PM said rudeness towards No. 10 staff was ‘absolutely inexcusable’ and that ‘whoever was responsible’ should apologise
26 May 2022
University tells students to take swimming test ‘online’
Person holding pair of goggles
Tall Tales

University tells students to take swimming test ‘online’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
26 May 2022
The pros and cons of gene-editing food
A combine harvester works its way through a field of barley
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of gene-editing food

Technique could increase food security but there are concerns about labelling
25 May 2022
The MPs earning the most from second jobs
Theresa May
Behind the scenes

The MPs earning the most from second jobs

Commons Standards Committee has suggested tightened rules on MPs’ earnings
25 May 2022
Jaws actor becomes police chief on island where movie was filmed
A shark
Tall Tales

Jaws actor becomes police chief on island where movie was filmed

And other stories from the stranger side of life
25 May 2022
A look back at Johnny Depp’s wives and girlfriends
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
Behind the scenes

A look back at Johnny Depp’s wives and girlfriends

Supermodel Kate Moss is due to testify in court about her relationship with the Hollywood actor
24 May 2022
Why the US is facing a baby milk shortage
Near-empty shelves in a supermarket in Orlando, Florida
Talking point

Why the US is facing a baby milk shortage

Supply chains went into crisis after major supplier shut down factory following two infant deaths
20 May 2022
George W Bush performs ‘history’s greatest Freudian slip’
George W Bush
Tall Tales

George W Bush performs ‘history’s greatest Freudian slip’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
20 May 2022
Women ‘benefit more from hugs than men’
Two women hugging
Tall Tales

Women ‘benefit more from hugs than men’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
19 May 2022
Is Rishi Sunak ‘plotting’ emergency tax cut?
Rishi Sunak in Stoke
Business Briefing

Is Rishi Sunak ‘plotting’ emergency tax cut?

Sources say chancellor may bring forward 1p income tax cut roll as inflation hits 40-year high
18 May 2022
The ‘showboater’ barrister representing Coleen Rooney
David Sherborne
Profile

The ‘showboater’ barrister representing Coleen Rooney

He has successfully argued for a galaxy of stars but some colleagues find him ‘showy’
18 May 2022
Rare banknote sells for 1,400 times its original value
Exterior of an Oxfam store
Tall Tales

Rare banknote sells for 1,400 times its original value

And other stories from the stranger side of life
17 May 2022
Jeremy Hunt: will he run for Tory leadership again?
Jeremy Hunt
Profile

Jeremy Hunt: will he run for Tory leadership again?

Former health secretary said he ‘doesn’t rule out a return in the future’
16 May 2022
Will the US save the Northern Ireland Protocol?
Joe Biden has repeatedly warned the UK against jeopardising the Good Friday Agreement
Talking point

Will the US save the Northern Ireland Protocol?

Washington delegation heading to UK amid stand-off over post-Brexit trade plan
13 May 2022
Does Westminster have an alcohol problem?
Today’s big question

Does Westminster have an alcohol problem?

Research showing MPs more likely to drink excessively has fuelled concern about Parliament’s ‘poisonous’ drinking dens
12 May 2022
Revealed: the name most likely to land you in jail
A prison officer
Tall Tales

Revealed: the name most likely to land you in jail

And other stories from the stranger side of life
5 May 2022
What South Africa can tell us about the future of Covid
A man in Johannesburg receives a testing swab for Covid
Getting to grips with . . .

What South Africa can tell us about the future of Covid

Cases are rising again as new sub-variants emerge
4 May 2022
Exhibition to explore Stonehenge’s parallels with Japanese stone circles
British Museum: The World of Stonehenge
Tall Tales

Exhibition to explore Stonehenge’s parallels with Japanese stone circles

And other stories from the stranger side of life
4 May 2022
How Ben Wallace became a favourite to succeed Boris Johnson
Ben Wallace
Profile

How Ben Wallace became a favourite to succeed Boris Johnson

Defence secretary has benefited from Afghanistan crisis and war in Ukraine
28 Apr 2022
What next after the High Court’s Covid care home ruling?
Matt Hancock outside 10 Downing Street
Today’s big question

What next after the High Court’s Covid care home ruling?

Government is ‘staring down the barrel of potentially very costly claims’ after victory for bereaved relatives
28 Apr 2022
Liz Truss lays out Britain’s aims for Ukraine war
Liz Truss delivers a speech at Mansion House
In Brief

Liz Truss lays out Britain’s aims for Ukraine war

Foreign secretary reportedly fears that the conflict could continue for up to ten years
28 Apr 2022
Britain a nation of ‘secret bog roll bandits’
A toilet roll
Tall Tales

Britain a nation of ‘secret bog roll bandits’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
28 Apr 2022
Local elections 2022: five results to watch out for
Two voters head to a polling station in South Shields
Between the lines

Local elections 2022: five results to watch out for

Tories are ‘haemorrhaging’ support in Red Wall of England and Wales, as Sinn Fein eyes Stormont
27 Apr 2022
Boris Johnson’s ‘clear the air’ showdown with MPs
 Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to give a statement at the House of Commons
Why we’re talking about . . .

Boris Johnson’s ‘clear the air’ showdown with MPs

Laughter and banging of tables said to have punctuated private meeting
20 Apr 2022
When will the cost-of-living crisis end?
A man walking in an underpass in Leeds
Today’s big question

When will the cost-of-living crisis end?

Outlook ‘makes for grim reading’ following historic rise in inflation
13 Apr 2022
‘How to murder your husband’ author on trial for murdering husband
A computer keyboard
Tall Tales

‘How to murder your husband’ author on trial for murdering husband

And other stories from the stranger side of life
8 Apr 2022
UK credit card debt soars: a worrying new trend?
Credit cards
Business Briefing

UK credit card debt soars: a worrying new trend?

People borrowed £1.5bn on credit cards in February, the highest monthly amount since records began
30 Mar 2022
Cyberwarfare: what is Russia planning?
Computer code with a portrait of Russian president Vladimir Putin
Today’s big question

Cyberwarfare: what is Russia planning?

Experts fear that Vladimir Putin will ‘lash out’ with cyberattacks on West
23 Mar 2022
Woman makes horrifying typo in WhatsApp group
A phone screen with WhatsApp
Tall Tales

Woman makes horrifying typo in WhatsApp group

And other stories from the stranger side of life
23 Mar 2022
Ketanji Brown Jackson: five things you may not know
US Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn-in during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee
Profile

Ketanji Brown Jackson: five things you may not know

The nominated judge met Matt Damon at Harvard and knits to relieve stress
22 Mar 2022
Pub puts Putin photo in urinals
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds his annual press conference in Moscow on December 17, 2015. President Vladimir Putin said on December 17 Russia was prepared to face any economic situat
Tall Tales

Pub puts Putin photo in urinals

And other stories from the stranger side of life
9 Mar 2022
Dad takes down town’s internet by mistake
A hand typing on a keyboard
Tall Tales

Dad takes down town’s internet by mistake

And other stories from the stranger side of life
21 Feb 2022
Roblox: the kids’ game platform with ‘Nazi sex parties’
A scene from a Roblox game
Why we’re talking about . . .

Roblox: the kids’ game platform with ‘Nazi sex parties’

Online gaming giant under fire over explicit content and use of ‘child labour’
16 Feb 2022
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