July 2013: most read on newstatesman.com

What you've been reading in the last month.

In July, 1,713,261 of you viewed 3,679,882 pages over the course of the month - another record month for the NS website.

Among the most popular pieces were:

1. I was a Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Laurie Penny

2. There's no sexism in gaming by Cara Ellison

3. Why I willingly handed over my credit card and PIN to a fraudster by Andy Welch 

4. After the Jane Austen announcement I suffered rape threats for 48 hours, but I'm still confident the trolls won't win by Caroline Criado-Perez

5. Five things Iain Duncan Smith doesn't want you to know about the benefit cap by George Eaton

 

Caroline Crampton is web editor of the New Statesman.

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Theresa May takes early lead in the Conservative leadership race

The first poll of the Tory contest puts the Home Secretary well out in front

Theresa May, the Home Secretary is well ahead among Conservative members according to a new YouGov poll for the Times

She is both the preferred first choice of a plurality of members from an open field (she secures 37 per cent of the vote, with her nearest rival, Boris Johnson, 10 points behind) and roundly trounces Johnson with 55 per cent to 38 per cent. In all other head-to-heads, Johnson wins comfortably.

Although YouGov have a patchy recent record in national contests - they predicted the London mayoral victory but failed to foresee the Conservative majority or the Brexit vote - they are four for four as far as internal party contests are concerned, having accurately predicted both the result and the final vote share of the 2015 and 2010 Labour leadership contests and the 2005 and 2001 Conservative contests. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.