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Ed Balls Facing Police Probe Over Car Prang
Ed Balls is facing a police investigation after hitting a car and driving off without reporting it.
The shadow chancellor was leaving the Labour rooms in Morley during a constituency visit when he damaged the car.
West Yorkshire Police have confirmed officers are making inquiries into a "fail to stop collision".
Mr Balls admitted he caused the damage and has apologised to the owner of the black Peugeot 306.
He said he had turned the car round in a "tight spot" in a private drive beside the Labour rooms and hit another vehicle "parked close by".
In a statement, he said: "The turn took five or seven points and I was aware that at one point the bumpers of the two cars touched.
"I park there all the time in what is a relatively narrow drive.
"But until I was contacted the following Wednesday, I had no awareness at all there had been any damage to the other car."
Mr Balls said he had written to the owner, offering to reimburse them for the damage, and had also contacted his insurance company.
Sergeant Adrian Wright, of West Yorkshire Police, said the damage to the front wing of the car was reported on April 6, the day after the collision occurred.
It is not the first time Mr Balls' driving has come to the attention of the police.
Last year he admitted he was caught "bang to rights" speeding at 56mph in a 50mph zone on the M62 in his constituency.
In 2010 he was fined £60 and given three points on his licence after being caught using a mobile phone while driving on a dual carriageway in Milton Keynes.
At the time, he said: "It was a fair cop."