Ed Balls MP fined for driving through red light

Ed Balls and Mary Creagh visiting Wakefield City High and talk to the school council.
Ed Balls and Mary Creagh visiting Wakefield City High and talk to the school council.
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Ed Balls MP has been fined for driving through a red light after leaving Parliament.

Mr Balls pleaded guilty at the City Magistrates Court on Wednesday for the offence, which he committed in December last year after a late-night Commons sitting.

A spokesman for Mr Balls said: “This happened in December last year as Ed was driving home along the Embankment after a late sitting in the House of Commons.

“He passed through the light just after it turned red and he was photographed on a traffic camera. At the time the Blackfriars underpass ahead of the traffic light was closed and all traffic passing through the light was being diverted up a slip-road.”

It is not the first time the Outwood and Morley MP has been caught breaching the rules of the road.

Earlier this year Mr Balls was caught driving six miles above the 50 mph limit on the M62.

He joked at the time that he had been going “too far, too fast”, a favourite attack line against the coalition government’s austerity measures.