A much more traditional pressure group, and one which has held great influence for many years now, is the CBI. Importantly at their conference this week, they were addressed by David Cameron which should give you some fodder for essays when thinking about insider/outsiders and indeed influence of Pressure Groups.
The key issue this week has been their statement that the UK is much better off staying in the EU; being a PG that represents business interests it is not surprising that is their line but obviously they are beginning to look to the proposed referendum on the EU. It was equally notably that Cameron’s address stated that support for staying in the EU was only ‘wafer-thin’ but promised them he would push for reform in the UK-EU relationship before holding such a referendum. This should highlight the power that some PG’s can hold.