By Daniel Hunter

John Cridland is to step down as director general of the business lobby group, Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Mr Cridland has been with the CBI since graduating in 1982 when he joined as a policy adviser.

He became deputy general director in 2000 and was the first internal candidate to be appointed director general in 2010.

A CBI spokesperson said: "This year marks the CBI's 50th anniversary and, with the election looming, John remains focused on ensuring the new government delivers pro-enterprise policies and championing British business at home and abroad."