Or a Mandelson return to the House of Commons? Sunday Mail 20 3 05 BLAIR SAYS VOTERS ARE READY FOR A GAY PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR has insisted Britain will one day have an openly homosexual prime minister. The PM made his prediction in an interview with gay magazine Attitude. In the same article, Conservative leader Michael Howard revealed he had changed his mind about Clause 28. The controversially repealed law banned councils from 'promoting' homosexuality. Blair told the magazine: 'I don't think people would reject a Prime Minister simply on the basis that he was gay.' Blair also said there are 'plenty' of homosexual ministers just below Cabinet level. Howard - who brought in Clause 28 while he was an environment minister under Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s - was challenged on his track record on gay rights. It was pointed out to him that at the time he had suggested it was wrong to teach homosexuality as a normal family relationship. Howard said: 'I've changed on that. I was wrong. I thought, rightly or wrongly, there was a problem in those days. 'That problem simply doesn't exist now. 'It's not a problem, so the law shouldn't be hanging around on the statute book.' Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy expressed scepticism about Howard's change of heart. Kennedy said: 'Maybe he adopted this tough persona because that seemed the best way to make his way further up the career ladder. 'Now he sees that a different persona is required. 'As long as the Tories are hung up on gay issues, people will think they're weird.' Kennedy claimed many gays are switching to the LibDems because of their disenchantment about the 'unfinished agenda' on gay rights.