Brown backs voter 'recall' powers and pledges reforms of political system will be unveiled within days of Euro elections
Gordon Brown today pledged to consider the idea of a U.S.-style 'recall' law for MPs that would allow voters to oust them if they stepped out of line.
The Prime Minister appeared to back the concept, which has gained ground in the wake of the row over MPs' expenses.
The public are furious they cannot force out representatives who have lined their pockets with taxpayers' money until the next election.
Mr Brown opened the door to the idea as he indicated plans to give power back to the people will be unveiled within weeks.
He declared he would consider anything that makes the political elite more accountable to citizens.
'By recall, redress and better representations, all local people can have far more influence on local budgets and local decisions, from policing to schooling,' he said.
Proposals to strengthen Parliament and give voters a stronger voice are set to be published within days of next week's European elections.
It is a clear move to trump David Cameron, who only yesterday promised a Tory government would give the 'man and woman in the street' more control over their lives.
The expenses row had laid bare the long-running problem of 'disengagement' between the public and their elected representatives, Mr Brown said.
'Everyone must know that they are being heard. We will shortly publish proposals which reform the Commons and put more power where it belongs - in the people's hands,' he wrote in the Independent.
'There is no option I will not consider if it redistributes power. What has always been clear to me is that we must look at new ways in which the political elites can be made accountable to serve more effectively the single most important person in our democracy - the citizen.'
Other possible steps include ending the right of party whips to appoint chairmen and members of select committees.
MPs rather than the government of the day could also be allowed to set the timetable for how bills are debated.
The plans emerged as Labour's 'star chamber' convened for the first time to decide the fate of backbenchers caught up in the expenses row.
Tory sources suggest Mr Cameron has also not ruled out the recall idea as long as it was triggered by findings from an official Parliamentary watchdog.
The Tory leader promised yesterday to return power to the people, who have been 'disgusted' by the behaviour of the country's ruling classes.
In a landmark speech, he promised to implement the most wide-reaching reforms in generations to clean up politics after the Westminster expenses scandal
He made several pledges - to give ordinary voters the right to change local laws, slash the number of MPs by 10 per cent and force Whitehall mandarins to publish their expenses online.
He also promised to 'seriously consider' the introduction of fixed-term Parliaments and giving MPs more free votes on new legislation.
But he also left himself wriggle room, sparking charges that his proposals are a cynical attempt to cash in on public rage.
The intervention was designed to steal a march on Gordon Brown, who has pledged to introduce reforms in the coming months.
In his speech at the Open University in Milton Keynes, Mr Cameron said a 'massive sweeping, radical redistribution of power', including a curb on the power of the Premier, was needed to halt social breakdown.
He sought to channel what he called the 'terrible but impotent anger' voters feel when confronted by nanny state officials who are 'self-serving, not serving us'.
Mr Cameron said: 'We rage that, as we go about our business, we are picked and poked and bossed around, annoyed and irritated and endlessly harassed by public and private sector officialdom that treats us like children with rules and regulations and directives and laws that no one voted for, no one supports, but no one ever seems to be able to do the slightest thing about.'
A Conservative government would respond by giving ordinary voters to overturn government decisions they do not like.
If around 3,500 people in a typical constituency got together to complain, they could force a local referendum to veto moves to close post offices or railway stations.
Mr Cameron said he would throw open the entire legislative process to further scrutiny.
Voters would be able to track the progress of a bill online and receive text messages. The ban on Commons proceedings being posted on YouTube would be lifted.
He insisted: 'Everything about our political process published online, all the time. The expenses, the spending, the lobbying, parliamentary proceedings, the lot.'
David Cameron: 'We are picked on and poked and bossed around, annoyed and irritated and endlessly harassed by public and private sector officialdom that treats us like children'
In Westminster he said he would offer MPs more freedom to make changes during the committee stage of a Bill, when legislation is scrutinised line by line. MPs, rather than party Whips, would pick the chairmen of Commons select committees.
He also vowed to reduce the number of Whitehall special advisers spinning on behalf of ministers and force all public servants earning £150,000 or more publish their expenses.
This could end to the Whitehall culture of free trips and taxpayer-funded lunches.
Mr Cameron concluded: 'I believe there is only one way out of this national crisis we face - we need a massive, sweeping, radical redistribution of power. From the state to citizens, from the Government to parliament-from Whitehall to communities, from Brussels to Britain, from judges to the people, from bureaucracy to democracy.
'Through decentralisation, transparency and accountability we must take power away from the political elite and hand it to the man and woman in the street.'
Mr Cameron's proposals sparked an instant response from the government.
Justice Secretary Jack Straw went even further, voicing support for proposals to let the public boot out any MPs abusing their position.
He called on Mr Cameron to join all-party talks on the future of politics, but accused him of 'playing catch-up' to Gordon Brown.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said the Cameron plans were more of a 'nip and tuck of British politics' than a shake-up.
Andy Sawford, chief executive of the Local Government Information Unit think-tank said: 'This kind of rhetoric has been around for years. If we rely on turkeys to vote for Christmas, ministers and MPs will never give up real power.'
Other critics said Mr Cameron had made few commitments, but a senior Tory source responded: 'We would be mad to talk about all these ideas and then not implement most of them. We are deadly serious.'