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Morley MP Ed Balls avoids driving ban over prang

Ed Balls MP has been given five points on his licence for driving off from the scene of an accident in Morley

Ed Balls MP has been given five points on his licence for driving off from the scene of an accident in Morley

Shadow chancellor and Morley MP Ed Balls has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 in fines and costs and has had five points put on his driving licence after admitting failing to stop after a minor road collision.

A district judge said the incident in Mr Balls’s Morley constituency was “at the lower end of the scale of seriousness” and rejected the option of a total driving ban.

The former schools secretary touched the bumper of another car as he was moving out of a car park next to the Labour Unity Club, on Commercial Street in April, causing minor damage.

He already had three points on his licence after he went through a red light in central London in 2012.

Mr Balls did not attend the hearing at Leeds Magistrates’ Court today.

 

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