The key role of a pressure group is to try influence the government’s policy without seeking election for itself. Many achieve but many also fail. How tactics are used is very important for pressure groups as it is how they gain their success.
Insider pressure groups have access to the government. This benefits them a lot as it is the government who can apply and remove laws. Their tactics would be:
• Influencing private member bills
• Arranging secret meetings with MP’s
• Try to get the back bench committee to consider their issues
An example for their success would be the Law Society which is an insider sectional pressure group. They won its High Court challenge to the Legal Services Commission’s family tender process. Their objective was to persuade the government to guarantee an adequately funded legal aid system, ensuring quality representation and access to justice for all.
They reached out to big and small organisations that helped them to campaign and get through to the public, as it was a cause for concern directed to the public. They arranged meetings with MP’s and fought in courts. These are typical strategies of an insider pressure group. As well as having money, public support and leadership skills, Law Society’s President, Linda Lee lead them in the right direction towards success.
She made sure they waited for the appropriate time to stress their views as a result of government changing. This was a very important factor in view of new MP’s joining the government who would hear their concepts.
President Linda Lee of the Law Society said,
“The result was a victory for the thousands and thousands of families who would have been left without access to legal assistance when faced with the state intervention in their family or the consequences of the breakdown of a relationship”.
The Law Society gained their success on the 30th September 2010. They now provide legal aid and assistance to vulnerable families in the UK.