In this week's New Statesman: Tory special

10 people Cameron should fear | John Pilger: Israel’s true heroes | Boris Johnson interview.

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This week's New Statesman is a special issue on the Tories: who are they and what they do want? David Marquand kicks off our coverage by arguing that the left dismisses David Cameron at its peril. Meanwhile, from the right, Simon Heffer argues that Cameron is no kind of conservative. He writes: "Cameron . . . has very few principles, other than his belief in himself as prime minister."

Elsewhere, Jonathan Derbyshire profiles Iain Duncan Smith, George Walden explores the rise of the new feudalism, and we name the ten people Cameron should fear. One of them, Boris Johnson, has been speaking to our deputy editor, Jon Bernstein. The Mayor of London explains why bankers are to blame for the recession and reveals what he really thinks of Cameron. Also, don't miss our exclusive survey of 101 Conservative candidates. Are they really any different from the old guard?

In the columns, James Macintyre explains why the Tories are losing support, John Pilger names Israel's true heroes, and Roy Hattersley says we should focus on Gordon Brown's ideas, not his tantrums.

In The Critics, Cameron's old Oxford tutor Vernon Bogdanor reviews a new study of the Tory party, we launch our search for the next great music critic, and Lisa Mullen reviews Michael Moore's latest film, Capitalism: a Love Story.

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George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Harriet Harman warns that the Brexit debate has been dominated by men

The former deputy leader hit out at the marginalisation of women's voices in the EU referendum campaign.

The EU referendum campaign has been dominated by men, Labour’s former deputy leader Harriet Harman warns today. The veteran MP, who was acting Labour leader between May and September last year, said that the absence of female voices in the debate has meant that arguments about the ramifications of Brexit for British women have not been heard.

Harman has written to Sharon White, the Chief of Executive of Ofcom, expressing her “serious concern that the referendum campaign has to date been dominated by men.” She says: “Half the population of this country are women and our membership of the EU is important to women’s lives. Yet men are – as usual – pushing women out.”

Research by Labour has revealed that since the start of this year, just 10 women politicians have appeared on the BBC’s Today programme to discuss the referendum, compared to 48 men. On BBC Breakfast over the same time period, there have been 12 male politicians interviewed on the subject compared to only 2 women. On ITV’s Good Morning Britain, 18 men and 6 women have talked about the referendum.

In her letter, Harman says that the dearth of women “fails to reflect the breadth of voices involved with the campaign and as a consequence, a narrow range [of] issues ends up being discussed, leaving many women feeling shut out of the national debate.”

Harman calls on Ofcom “to do what it can amongst broadcasters to help ensure women are properly represented on broadcast media and that serious issues affecting female voters are given adequate media coverage.” 

She says: "women are being excluded and the debate narrowed.  The broadcasters have to keep a balance between those who want remain and those who want to leave. They should have a balance between men and women." 

A report published by Loughborough University yesterday found that women have been “significantly marginalised” in reporting of the referendum, with just 16 per cent of TV appearances on the subject being by women. Additionally, none of the ten individuals who have received the most press coverage on the topic is a woman.

Harman's intervention comes amidst increasing concerns that many if not all of the new “metro mayors” elected from next year will be men. Despite Greater Manchester having an equal number of male and female Labour MPs, the current candidates for the Labour nomination for the new Manchester mayoralty are all men. Luciana Berger, the Shadow Minister for mental health, is reportedly considering running to be Labour’s candidate for mayor of the Liverpool city region, but will face strong competition from incumbent mayor Joe Anderson and fellow MP Steve Rotheram.

Last week, Harriet Harman tweeted her hope that some of the new mayors would be women.  

Henry Zeffman writes about politics and is the winner of the Anthony Howard Award 2015.