Single mum fined for babysitting lockdown bubble days before alleged No 10 party

A single mum and stay-at-home carer has been fined nearly £900 for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules by forming a babysitting “bubble” just days before the alleged Downing Street Christmas party, which has caused outrage across the country.

Elizabeth MacKenzie, 47, and her daughter Angel, 13, teamed up in a bubble with friend Petra, 36, and her daughter Kacie, 12.

The women are both stay-at-home carers for vulnerable family members and teamed up to help each other with childcare support at weekends, reports the Mirror.

But after an apparent “tip off” about a party at home, police turned up and found the girls watching a film with hot chocolates.

They found a third child there – a girl, 13 – who was officially living with the MacKenzies for a month while her single dad recovered from a broken back after a work accident.

Police accused the mum of facilitating a gathering of two or more people in a private home. But it happened just two weeks before No 10's alleged Christmas gathering, which is said to have involved 50 Downing Street workers break the rules to have a party.

Carer Elizabeth from Preston, Lancashire, who appeared in court last Thursday, now has to pay a fine of £834.

Elizabeth, a full-time carer to disabled daughter Kayleigh, 26, said: “It makes me angry.

"I get fined for looking after a child and made a fool out of by a police officer whilst Boris sips wine and parties – how is that fair?

“The court made me feel like I put lives at risk but I was just looking after children who were trapped inside anyway and not allowed out to play.

“My son loves politics and was very upset because of the [Matt] Hancock thing, and now Boris with his party two weeks after the night that I've been fined for babysitting – it's just so unfair.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has apologised after a clip of his staff laughing about the alleged party went viral, but insists he had no knowledge of any Covid rules being broken.

There are no suggestions he was at the alleged event.

“I was in a bubble with the mum of the child who was staying at ours – we helped each other with looking after the kids regularly as we are both stay-at-home carers,” said Elizabeth.

“I only moved here from Scotland four years ago, I have nobody else here.”

Elizabeth had her three children, Kayleigh, Lewis, 19, and Angel, living with her when she broke the rules..

Appearing at Lancashire Magistrates’ Court last Thursday, Elizabeth was found guilty of participating in the gathering of two or more people in a private dwelling in a Tier Three area.

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