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Ed Balls faces ban for not staying at accident

By James Tapsfield

Ed Balls faces the threat of losing his driving licence after confirming he will not fight prosecution for failing to stop after bumping another car.

The shadow Chancellor expects to be charged after the incident in Morley, West Yorkshire, last month – although police have yet to take a final decision.

The Labour MP – who has had a series of high-profile motoring offences – could have to make a humiliating appearance before magistrates even if he pleads guilty.

The offence of failing to stop after an accident can mean five to 10 penalty points, driving disqualification, a fine of up to £5,000 or, in the most serious cases, a jail sentence of up to six months.

Mr Balls is understood to have three points on his licence currently – and will be in line for a ban if he ends up with 12 or more.

On his blog, Mr Balls said that he was unaware he had damaged the other vehicle, although he knew they had touched.

In 2010 Mr Balls said he had behaved "stupidly" after being caught talking on his mobile phone while driving.

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