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Shadow chancellor Ed Balls is 'facing driving ban'

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls could be banned from driving today for failing to stop after bumping into another car.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls could lose his licence or be fined up to £5,000. Credit: PA

The Labour front-bencher claims he was unaware he damaged another vehicle as he attempted a "tight manoeuvre" in his constituency of Morley and Outwood in West Yorkshire on April 5.

His office said he would not be contesting the charge and would respond to Leeds Magistrates in writing.

The offence of failing to stop after an accident can incur five to 10 penalty points, disqualification, a fine of up to £5,000 or, in the most serious cases, a jail sentence of up to six months.

Mr Balls is understood to have three points on his licence already - and will be in line for a ban if he ends up with 12 or more.