Anti-wind stance provokes in-fighting at DECC
Hayes had replaced energy minister Charles Hendry in September 2012 but his controversial tenure and strong anti-wind farm stance brought in-fighting at the department. "Ferocious clashes" with his boss the Liberal Democrat energy secretary Ed Davey had, according to the Guardian, prompted Davey to write to the prime minister to demand that Hayes be taken off the windfarm portfolio. Although Cameron had taken no action at the time, the mini-reshuffle was viewed as an acknowledgement that such "mixed messages at the department were alienating potential [renewable energy] business investors" and the government's commitment to low-carbon energy. 
Variously described as a "robust right-winger" and, in his own words, "the personification of blue-collar conservatism",  Hayes was previously a Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Along with Labour MP David Cairns, Hayes was a parliamentary chairman for the pro-American America In The World, also known as the London Centre for the Study of Anti-Americanism, launched in October 2008.
Claims of plotting with energy company Eon
In July 2013 The Mail on Sunday published claims that 'climate change sceptic' Hayes had been fired as energy minister in March for 'secretly plotting to persuade an electricity boss to challenge Government policy'. It said it established that just two weeks prior to Hayes being demoted to 'a minor backroom role in Number 10, that he had:
- ...secretly met E.on chief executive Tony Cocker on March 13 and urged him to help postpone the closure of power stations such as Kingsnorth in Kent. 
Ministerial disclosures show that Hayes met with Eon sometime in March 2013 to discuss 'energy policy issues'.
- Ian Bettles 
- Scott Kelly - Lecturer, New York University 
- Lee Rotheram - Director of special projects, Vote Leave 
- Cornerstone Group - Co-founder and member
- America In The World
- Lee Rotherham is listed by Hayes on the UK MPs' register of interests of secretaries and research assistants as of July 2015. Rotherham also works as an advisor to Business for Britain
- Clare Foges, David Cameron's speechwriter worked for him for while
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- Register of interests of members' secretaries and research assistants, 23 March 2016, parliament.uk, accessed 20 April 2016