Birmingham MP Andrew Mitchell ignored calls to resign and took his seat on the front benches in the House of Commons today, as the row over his confrontation with police officers refused to go away.
Despite reports that he might either resign or be sacked from his job as Chief Whip, Mr Mitchell sat alongside Government colleagues in a clear sign that he intends to continue doing his job.
But Mr Mitchell, the MP for Sutton Coldfield, was the target of Labour taunts during questions to the Home Secretary, Theresa May - who was urged to condemn him for arguing with police officers guarding the gates to Downing Street.
But Ms May defended her colleague - as Mr Mitchell shouted "hear hear!"
She said: "The Chief Whip apologised to the police officers concerned and the police officer accepted that apology.
"The police are not taking the matter any further, and that is an end to it."
Mr Mitchell has denied calling officers "plebs" after they refused to let him cycle through the main gates at Downing Street on September 19.
Labour will attempt to continue piling pressure on him, as it presents a Parliamentary motion calling for his salary to be docked £1,000 - the equivalent of a fine for a public order offence.
Opposition MPs claim this is the amount a member of the public could pay if they were convicted of swearing at a police officer.
However, allies of Mr Mitchell point out that the officers concerned did not feel there was any need to charge him or take any other action.