"Okay, so his English is not very good and his national insurance contributions might not be up to date, but at least he can flush my u-bend and tighten my leaky flange."
The row has given further ammunition to the opposition leadership who have been quick to use it as an example of just how out of touch Labour have become.
“Just about any 14 year old boy could show you dozens of places to get free porn,” said one Conservative Party insider.
“And yet this man, married to one of our most powerful politicians, pays real cash money for it?”
“It’s frankly shocking. It shows just how out of touch New Labour really has become.”