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Ed Balls caught speeding in West Yorkshire

Ed Balls

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says it was "bang to rights" that he paid the price for speeding in West Yorkshire.

The Morley MP said he was going 56mph in a 50mph zone on the motorway in his constituency when he triggered a camera on the M62.

Joking that he had been going "too far, too fast" - a favourite attack line against the coalition's austerity measures - Mr Balls said he had paid a fine and attended a speed awareness course rather than accept penalty points.

"Like many local people, I was caught out by the never-ending roadworks on the M62. Pulling on to the motorway at Morley I realised too late that the speed restrictions were still in place," he wrote on his blog.

"I was caught and bang to rights - doing 56 in a 50 mile restriction zone. Going too far, too fast, you might say.

"The course was very professional and actually really worthwhile."