Hazel Blears, the former Communities Secretary, has survived a grassroots attempt to oust her as a Labour candidate at the next election.
Miss Blears angered party workers by quitting the Cabinet on the eve of local elections earlier this month.
Her decision was described as a “body blow” to the party and may inadvertently have helped the BNP claim traditional Labour seats in local elections earlier this month.
The ex-minister, who wore a “Rocking the Boat” brooch the day after her resignation, was heckled by demonstrators as she arrived at Salford Civic Centre, Greater Manchester, for a clear-the-air meeting with party activists.
But inside the building her supporters repelled an attempt to have a vote of no confidence in her future as the local MP.
Three ward branches of Salford Labour Party were understood to have put forward motions that could have seen her deselected.
Miss Blears emerged victorious despite having been seriously damaged by the MPs’ Expenses disclosed by the Daily Telegraph.
In the days before her departure the Prime Minister described her failure to pay capital gains tax on the sale of a second home as “totally unacceptable”.
She made at least £80,000 on the sale of two properties ““ each of them subsidised by taxpayers – without paying capital gains tax.
Last month she voluntarily paid £13,000 to the Inland Revenue.
As the controversy continued Miss Blears tried to placate local critics by describing the timing of her Cabinet walkout as an error of judgment.
Furthermore, she said she had been “stupid” to wear the infamous “Rocking the boat” brooch and “thoughtless and cruel” to have taunted Gordon Brown over his awkward appearance on the video sharing website YouTube.
Despite the furore Miss Blears has enjoyed the unwavering support of senior figures in her constituency association.
Some, however, were so angered by her behaviour that they broke ranks with the local Labour hierarchy.
A local community magazine, the Salford Star, went so far as to launch a “Hazel Must Go!” campaign against her.