Shadow Chancellor drives into the red

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Labour’s Ed Balls has admitted to being caught running a red light as he drove home through London after work.

The Shadow Chancellor was caught after a late night parliament sitting by a traffic camera on the Embankment.

His spokesman said the MP had “passed through the light just after it turned red” when traffic diversions were in place.

Earlier this year the MP said he was “bang to rights” when he was caught driving six miles above the 50 mph limit on a motorway near his constituency home in West Yorkshire.

Mr Balls said at the time that he had been going “too far, too fast” – a favourite attack line against coalition austerity measures – and said he had been “caught out by the never-ending roadworks on the M62”. He paid a fine and attended a speed awareness course rather than take penalty points.

The traffic light episode emerged in the Sun. A spokesman for Mr Balls said it happened in December.