EXCLUSIVE MP Ed Balls facing court action over ‘fail-to-stop’ prang in Leeds

Ed Balls MP. Picture: Ross Parry
Ed Balls MP. Picture: Ross Parry
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Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is facing court action over allegations he drove off after hitting a parked car in Leeds.

The Morley and Outwood MP has today (Friday) been issued with a summons following an incident in Morley on April 5.

It is alleged he damaged a Peugeot 306 as he left the Labour rooms in his car and then failed to get in touch with the vehicle’s owner or leave his insurance details.

Mark Auty, a senior specialist prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service’s special crime division, said: “The CPS has today authorised West Yorkshire Police to summons Mr Edward Balls MP for failing to stop after an accident.

“Mr Balls will face two summonses – for failing to stop after an accident involving motor vehicles and failing to report the accident having been the driver under section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 following a collision with a parked vehicle on April 5, 2014 in Morley, Leeds.”

Sergeant Adrian Wright, of West Yorkshire Police’s eastern area roads policing unit, said: “Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, we have today served a summons on a 47-year-old man in connection with a road traffic collision in Commercial Street, Morley, on Saturday, April 5.”

The case will be heard at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on August 5. But a spokesman for Mr Balls said he had the option to respond in writing – rather than attending court – which is what he would do.

He also reiterated a statement issued following the incident, in which he said that the damage occurred as he turned around in a “tight spot” but he did not realise what had happened until he was contacted by police. He later said he would not contest any charges.

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