Ed Balls fined for using mobile phone while driving

CHILDREN'S Secretary Ed Balls has been issued with a £60 fine for driving from Yorkshire to London while using a mobile phone.

Mr Balls, who is married to fellow Cabinet minister Yvette Cooper, said that the incident happened last Sunday when they were driving south with their children.

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"Although our car has hands-free, I took my phone off the cradle because I did not want to wake the kids," he said.

"We got waved down by a police car almost immediately. I had no points on my licence and accepted the fine and three points without complaint.

"I 100% support the law on mobile phones - it's there to protect the safety of all drivers, passengers and pedestrians."