The National Federation of Retail Newsagents has unveiled its first manifesto.

Don't Shutter Us Down has been drawn up to highlight to MPs on the election trail the main issues affecting independent retailers, including distribution, tobacco and alcohol legislation, planning, crime and business rates. Retailers plan to meet with local MPs to discuss the manifesto.

"Our members need government support in ensuring legislation benefits them and takes into consideration any adverse impact that might be had," said NFRN national president Suleman Khonat.