MP apologises after car collision

Morley MP Ed Balls.

Morley MP Ed Balls.

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MP Ed Balls has apologised to a Morley car owner after he collided with a parked car and drove off.

Mr Balls damaged a Peugeot 306 as he left the Labour Rooms on Commercial Street in his car, but failed to stop and get in touch with the owner or leave his insurance details.

But Mr Balls said he was oblivious to what had happened until he was contacted by police.

He said: “Ten days ago, I turned our car round in a tight spot in the private drive beside the Labour Rooms. There was a stationary car parked closed by. The turn took five or seven points and I was aware that at one point the bumpers of the two cars touched.

“I parked there all the time in what is a relatively narrow drive. But until I was contacted by the police the following Wednesday, I had no awareness at all that there had been any damage to the other car.

“As soon as I was made aware of what had happened I took full responsibility for any damage caused.

“I have written to the owner of the car to say I was terribly sorry and to reimburse the owner concerned for the necessary repair. I have contacted our insurance company in the usual way.”

Mr Balls was traced by CCTV coverage next to the Labour Rooms.

A police spokesman said inquiries into the incident were continuing.

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