Exclusive: Balls facing court action over accident outside Labour offices

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Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is facing court action over allegations he drove off after hitting a parked car in Leeds.

The Morley and Outwood MP was yesterday issued with a summons following an incident in Morley on April 5. It is alleged he damaged a Peugeot 306 as he left Labour’s offices in his car and then failed to get in touch with the vehicle’s owner or leave his insurance details.

Mark Auty, a senior specialist prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service’s special crime division, said: “Mr Balls will face two summonses – for failing to stop after an accident involving motor vehicles and failing to report the accident having been the driver under section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 following a collision with a parked vehicle.”

The case will be heard at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on August 5, but a spokesman for Mr Balls said he had the right to respond to the summons in writing rather than attending court.

He also reiterated a statement issued following the incident, in which Mr Balls said he was oblivious to the damage he had caused but would not contest any charges.