News Mum hits back at her daugh­ter Brooke’s crit­ics

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THE mother of a five-year-old girl whose dress­ing down of Prime Minister Theresa May went vi­ral – has hit back at her daugh­ter’s crit­ics.

Holly Matthews, a Coven­try-based ac­tress and blog­ger, took to video shar­ing plat­form Youtube to ad­dress those who tar­geted daugh­ter Brooke Blair.

School­girl Brooke’s mes­sage to Mrs May has been viewed over 31,000 times since it was up­loaded two weeks ago and has fea­tured in na­tional head­lines.

In the video Brooke said she had seen “hun­dreds and mil­lions” of homeless peo­ple on the streets and added that Mrs May should be dis­tribut­ing bis­cuits and hot choco­late, or even build­ing houses for them.

Many of those who com­mented on the video com­mended the pas­sion with which Brooke de­liv­ered her 53-sec­ond speech, and some even tipped her as a fu­ture prime minister.

How­ever so­cial me­dia users have been less than kind to­wards the pas­sion­ate young­ster call­ing her video “cringe wor­thy” and “coached” with oth­ers say­ing that her par­ents “have turned their child into a pup­pet”.

Brooke’s mother, for­mer Byker Grove star Holly, took to Youtube to de­fend her daugh­ter.

She told view­ers: “Five-year-olds are really, really in­quis­i­tive. They’re hu­mans be­fore all other so­cial rub­bish is be­ing plonked on top of them. So they see the world really sim­ply.

“Some of those that have com­mented on the video have said thinks like ‘you lefty par­ents in­doc­tri­nat­ing your chil­dren.’ Yes I am def­i­nitely a lefty par­ent with­out a doubt and I don’t think that’s an in­sult.

“My job as a par­ent is to bring up a great lit­tle hu­man.

“Brooke will of­ten chal­lenge me and that’s what’s great about chil­dren be­cause they do see things how we don’t. They don’t have any of the stuff that we put all the so­cial norms and things they don’t un­der­stand them.

“They talk very elo­quently and very clearly about things and very pas­sion­ately. If you feel the need to call a fiveyear-old girl with lovely, com­pas­sion­ate opin­ions pre­co­cious, fill your boots. Go ahead but just know that’s com­ing from you, that’s com­ing from your in­se­cu­ri­ties about your level of in­tel­li­gence.”

In re­sponse to the al­le­ga­tions that Brooke was spoon fed, Holly said: “She wasn’t. She lis­tens to lots of dif­fer­ent things. Of course she lis­tens to me, I’m her par­ent, we talk freely and I give her in­for­ma­tion, but I al­ways say to Brooke and my other daugh­ter Texas that I’m not the only per­son out there that they have to get their in­for­ma­tion from.”

The Tele­graph con­tacted Holly when her re­sponse video hit the web. When asked if the fam­ily had been af­fected by the neg­a­tive at­ten­tion on so­cial me­dia, Holly told the Tele­graph that they choose not to read the com­ments.

Holly said: “Brooke hasn’t been af­fected at all and nei­ther have we. I don’t read any of it. We know our truth and who our lit­tle girl is.”

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