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Green leader in interview 'mind-blank'.

GREEN Party leader Natalie Bennett has admitted suffering an "excruciating mind-blank" after a car-crash interview in which she appeared unable to answer questions about key policies.

Ms Bennett repeatedly lapsed into silence, had coughing fits and complained of a "huge cold" as she was grilled by LBC Radio presenter Nick Ferrari.

Asked about proposals for building 500,000 social rental homes, Ms Bennett said the move would be funded by removing tax relief on mortgage interest for private landlords.

But challenged several times on how much cash that would bring in, she floundered, saying: "Erm... well... that's part of the whole costing."

When the host moved on to ask about the overall cost of building the homes, Ms Bennett again appeared at a loss. "Right, well, that's, erm...

you've got a total cost... erm... that we're... that will be spelt out in our manifesto," she said.

Mr Ferrari: "So you don't know?" Ms Bennett: "No. Well ... er." Ms Bennett conceded: "It was absolutely excruciating. Occasionally that happens, one just has a mind blank."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 25, 2015
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