Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ed Balls has followed his counterpart in another embarrassing motor-related incident.
The Labour politician was elected the Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood in 2005. He was appointed as Shadow Chancellor in the Labour opposition Government in 2011 by Labour Leader Ed Miliband.
The Labour MP was driving at 56 mph
However in April of this year, he was found driving 56 mph in a 50 mph zone in his West Yorkshire constituency. This is in the same month when Labour heavily criticised the Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne for parking his Land Rover in a disabled bay, whilst stopping to get a McDonald’s.
This is actually not the first time Mr Balls has been in the media for the wrong motor-related reasons. During the 2012 General Election, when he actually ran in the Labour Leadership contest, Mr Balls was found on his phone whilst driving. He was later fined £60 and given three points, which he successfully appealed against.
However this time, instead of taking the three points, he opted to complete a speed awareness course, which was actually brought in by his Labour Government.
The Shadow Chancellor has said “Like many local people, I was caught out by the never-ending road works on the M62. Pulling on to the motorway at Morley, I realised too late that the speed restrictions were still in place. I was caught and bang to rights – doing 56 in a 50 mile restriction zone. Going too far, too fast, you might say. I paid my fine and chose to attend a speed awareness course. I currently have no points on my licence and would like to keep it that way”
The Labour Mp says the decision has influenced him to introduce 20mph roads
Mr Ball’s described the speed awareness course as surprisingly worthwhile. He has said that the incident has made him more determined to introduce more 20 mph roads in this constituency. Mr Balls said “What hit home were the statistics which link speed to car deaths. At 20mph, less than 10% of people will lose their lives if hit by a car. But the probability rises exponentially, going above 40% at 40mph”.