Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott hit back over his "Two Jags" reputation yesterday, insisting he only had one car and one home.
In his first major Commons appearance since the revelation of his affair with his diary secretary Tracey Temple, "Prezza" was in fighting mood.
He set out details of his new "important" role after losing his department in the Cabinet reshuffle earlier this month and rejected critics' claims that he should suffer a salary cut.
But Speaker Michael Martin had to intervene on several occasion during the question time exchanges as Opposition MPs jeered and hooted with laughter at every possible double entendre over his "hands on" role and "domestic affairs".
At one point, Mr Prescott, dressed in a sober dark suit and tie, appealed for "all the support I can get today".
But he hit back over his "Two Jags" nickname, when Oliver Heald, for the Tories, said pensioners had seen council tax payments rocket by #250 this year.
"The architect of this disaster loses his job and yet he has still got three homes, two Jags and a fancy office in Whitehall," Mr Heald said.
Mr Prescott replied: "Just for the record, although you wouldn't know much about the record, I have one house, one car - ten years old."
Rejecting critics' claims that he should have his salary cut because he was now doing less work, Mr Prescott insisted he was doing more than Tory Lord Heseltine had done when he was Deputy Prime Minister.
"I'm doing far more work than he did. I'm fully justified in the work I'm doing. The Prime Minister's given me an important job to do and I'm getting on with it," he said.
Tony Blair announced that Mr Prescott is to chair nine Cabinet committees as well as working on a wide-ranging brief on domestic policy.
Mr Prescott said: "I think the Prime Minister felt that I was able to play a role - a more central role - in Government than I could have done when I had a huge department to run and was deeply involved in the day-to-day activities of the department.
"If I was to play a more central role, then I think it was understandable that I be removed from frontline administration of one of Whitehall's largest departments and that is what happened.
"That is not my description of the role of the Deputy Prime Minister, it is the description of Lord Heseltine appearing before the committee of this House in 1996."