Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls caught speeding on M62- he was going “too far, too fast”

Ed Balls speaking at the YorkshirePost/Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 awards ceremony at Aspire in Leeds.  15 March 2013.'Picture Bruce Rollinson

Ed Balls speaking at the YorkshirePost/Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 awards ceremony at Aspire in Leeds. 15 March 2013.'Picture Bruce Rollinson

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Ed Balls has admitted he was caught red-handed speeding down the M62.

The shadow chancellor said he was caught driving 56mph in a restricted 50mph zone as he entered the motorway at Morley.

Mr Balls said he had been going “too far, too fast” - a line which he uses to attack the coalition government’s budget cuts.

Writing on his blog, the Morley and Outwood MP said: “Like many local people, I was caught out by the never-ending roadworks on the M62.

“Pulling on to the motorway at Morley I realised too late that the speed restrictions were still in place. I was caught and bang to rights – doing 56 in a 50 mile restriction zone. Going too far, too fast, you might say.”

The Labour MP chose to pay a fine and attend a speed awareness course, at Garforth Holiday Inn, rather than accept points on his licence.

He said: “I paid my fine and chose to attend a speed awareness course. I currently have no points on my licence and would like to keep it that way. Which is why, this week, I ended up in the Holiday Inn with 39 others.”

Mr Balls said that his learning experience on the course has made him more determined to get 20mph speed limits enforced in busy residential areas and around local schools, which he has been campaigning for in his constituency.

He said: “The course was very professional and actually really worthwhile. What hit home were the statistics which link speed to car deaths. At 20mph, less than 10 per cent of people will lose their lives if hit by a car. But the probability rises above 40 per cent at 40mph.

“That is why our local campaigning for 20 mph zones is so important.”