WHILE Thompson will be wooing Maggie, Blair will likely become the first ever former prime minister to become a Catholic.
It has been widely reported that Blair, who has attended Mass on numerous occasions with his wife Cherie who is Catholic, may have already taken instructions on becoming Catholic after he leaves office.
Blair was in Rome to meet the Pope last week and they had a lengthy meeting. The Guardian newspaper reported that Blair's conversion was very much on the agenda, though both sides denied that.
Britain has never had a Catholic leader since the reformation, although Ian Duncan Smith, who until quite recently was leader of the Tory Party, was a Catholic.