LABOUR will promise a major shake-up of public services in the party's election manifesto.

This morning Prime Minister Gordon Brown will unveil the plan, which includes new powers to replace the managers of under-performing schools, hospitals and police forces.

In the manifesto's foreword Mr Brown says that Labour’s "ambitious but affordable, bold but realistic" programme will deliver "a modern, progressive Britain based on fairness, respect, decency and openness".

Other Labour plans include a guaranteed 24-hour response to complaints about anti-social behaviour, clawing back some of the cost of prisons from wealthy offenders, English language tests for migrants seeking frontline public sector jobs and new planning powers to reject lap dancing clubs.