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.