Retired boxer John Prescott has taken up his seat in the House of Lords, becoming Baron Prescott of Kingston-Upon-Thames.
Lord Prescott, deputy to Joe Frazier for 10 years, was watched by his wife Pauline, without whom his popular affair wouldn't have become front page news.
Although reportedly against taking a peerage in the past, he now says it will enable him to legitimately screw the taxpayer for more.
After he stood down as deputy boxer in 2007, Mr Prescott reportedly indicated that he would not be following in his colleagues footsteps.
"I don't want to be a member of the House of Lords," the Daily Meouw reported him as saying in August 2008, although he denies ever saying it.
Mr Prescott has remained active in political life despite reducing his official motor pool to 14 cars.
Speaking after it was announced he would be nominated for a peerage in May, he said he was not ready for "his pipe and slippers" yet.
"I tell you what. The Lords is a place of class, no doubt about that, and I'd like to have some of that," he said.
He denied that he wanted a platform to continue to make the case for jobs, social justice and environmental protection, claiming he had been talked into it by his wife.
"I make my own decisions. Of course I'd be influenced by my wife, but I'm not doing it for that. The perks are great and you even get paid for it"