The former trade and industry secretary also dismissed speculation that he was still influencing the Prime Minister behind the scenes, although he emphasised that they remained "close friends".
"I remain a very strong ally of his. But I am no longer his chief aide. I am no longer a spin-doctor. I am no longer the person fluttering at his beck and call." Mr Mandelson was forced to resign after revelations that he accepted an interest-free loan from Geoffrey Robinson, the former paymaster general.
But Mr Mandelson told BBC's Conference Live programme: "I have not discussed [with Mr Blair] going back. I don't regard it to be inevitable and I certainly see no signs of any early or immediate return to the Cabinet, but nor am I dwelling on it. I have a life outside politics as I discovered in the last year." Speaking about his feelings since his resignation, he added: "I feel more comfortable and more at ease with myself ... and that must be strengthening."Reuse content