Labour's warning of crime wave

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The Independent Online
The spectre of increased urban lawlessness will be raised today by shadow Chancellor Gordon Brown, writes Anthony Bevins.

Although the Government was able to take comfort from a fall in unemployment yesterday, it faced a Bank of England challenge on interest rates and the Wirral South by-election campaign was dominated by Unilever's warning on European Monetary Union.

Mr Brown will warn today that, "The re-election of the Tories would risk the creation of a fifth-term underclass that would take us down the road of America, with no-work and no-go inner city areas plagued by lawlessness."