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Ed Balls Crashed Into Someone's Car And Drove Off

16/04/2014 10:26 BST | Updated 16/04/2014 10:59 BST
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British Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls addresses delegates at the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in central London, on November 4, 2013. British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday welcomed a call from the nation's business leaders for Britain to remain in the European Union, ahead of a referendum in 2017. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Police have launched an investigation into how Ed Balls drove off after colliding with a parked car without informing the owner.

The shadow chancellor has since apologised to the vehicle's owner following the incident in his constituency earlier this month, and stressed he did not know any damage had been caused to the black Peugeot 306.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed officers were making inquiries into a "fail to stop collision" on Saturday April 5.

In a statement, 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."

According to a report in the Yorkshire Post, the collision was caught on CCTV camera and Balls' registration number was traced after the Peugeot's driver noticed damage the following day.

Conservative MPs obviously found it ripe for parody. George Osborne aide Rob Wilson tweeted: "Ed Balls has crashed the car again. Thankfully nobody hurt....rather unlike when he crashed our economy."