Patrick Hayes

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Patrick Hayes is a reporter for Spiked;1 head of press and promotions at the Institute of Ideas; co-founder, Current Affairs Forum, and Battle of Ideas 2011 organising committee. 2

He is also a columnist for The Free Society.3 The Free Society was a campaign run by the tobacco industry front group Forest, whose website went offline around February 2015.4

Pro-Tobacco Activities

Hayes has attended pro-smoking events such as the “Save Our Pubs and Clubs” reception at the House of Commons on 29 June 2011 5 and a rally against the proposed ban at Stony Stratford along with speakers from The Freedom Association and Euro-sceptic MEPs Nigel Farage from UKIP and Tory Roger Helmer. 6

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  1. P. Hayes, “Why not celebrate the birth of Harper Seven?”, Spiked, accessed July 2011
  2. Battle of Ideas, Website, accessed July 2011
  3. The Free Society, Website, accessed July 2011
  4. The Way Back Machine, The Free Society, undated, accessed July 2017
  5. S. Clark, Taking Liberties Blog, Taking Liberties Blog, accessed July 2011
  6. M. Cullip, Outbreak of People Power in Stony Stratford, Dick Puddlecote blog, 17 July 2011, accessed May 2018