The Manifesto Club says it "campaigns against the hyper regulation of everyday life. We support free movement across borders, free expression and free association. We challenge booze bans, photo bans, vetting and speech codes - all new ways in which the state regulates everyday life on the streets, in workplaces and in our private lives". 
On 26 June 2007 it hosted a debate asking "what the smoking ban means for freedom".
In June 2011 the Manifesto Club was one of several organisations that took part in a series of debates, called Voices of Freedom, at the Institute of Economic Affairs (which has a history of being funded by the tobacco industry) in London, organised by The Free Society (a campaign run by Forest, which is funded by the tobacco industry).
It is run by:
- Josie Appleton, who is a regular author for Spiked and has spoken at conferences organised by the Institute of Ideas
- Dolan Cummings, an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Ideas
- Manick Govinda
- Tom Mower
- James Panton
- About the Manifesto Club, Manifesto Club website, undated, accessed 14 June 2011
- The Last Gasp, Manifesto Club, undated, accessed 14 June 2011
- Voices of freedom, The Freedom Society, undated, accessed 11 June 2011
- Josie Appleton, Spiked, undated, accessed 14 June 2011
- For example What are Museums for?
- People, Institute of Ideas website, undated, accessed 14 June 2011