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£1k fine for Balls collision

By Dave Higgens

Shadow chancellor 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 and Outwood constituency, in West Yorkshire, 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 in Morley 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 yesterday.

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