Shadow chancellor Ed Balls is under police investigation after admitting crashing into a parked car and driving off.
The Labour MP for Morley and Outwood said that he found himself in a “tight spot” when he pranged a Peugeot 306 with his Ford Mondeo estate while trying to execute a seven-point turn.
In a statement, Mr Balls stated that he only realised he had caused damage to the Peugeot when he was contacted by police. He has since apologised to the car’s owner and offered to pay to repair the damage.
The Peugeot’s owner, Dan Rowley, did not wish to discuss the damage but had some choice words about politicians.
"As soon as I was made aware of what had happened, I took full responsibility for any damage caused." – Ed Balls
"I'm 32 and I've never voted in my life because I think they're the biggest crooks in the entire world," he told The Telegraph.
In his statement, Mr Balls said: "Ten days ago, I turned our car round in a tight spot in the private drive beside the Labour rooms in Morley. There was a stationary car parked close by.
"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 that there had been any damage to the other car.
"As soon as I was made aware of what had happened, I took full responsibility for any damage caused.
"I have written to the owner of the other car to say I was terribly sorry and to reimburse the owner concerned for the necessary repair. I have contacted our insurance company in the usual way."
West Yorkshire Police confirmed that they were investigating a collision that occurred on Saturday April 5. Mr Balls was traced by his registration number as the prang was caught on CCTV.
It is the fourth time the Labour MP has been accused of a traffic offence, having previously admitting speeding and being fined for driving while using a mobile phone. He was also fined and given three penalty points for jumping a red light near Parliament in 2012.
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