Andrew RT Davies has spoken out over the defection of Mark Reckless - after we finally caught up with him.
The Welsh Conservative leader said the party remains united, despite a number of senior Tories, including Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns, confirming there were no plans for him to re-join the party as a member.
Mr Reckless said he had not applied to rejoin, nor had he "asked for anything at the UK level at all".
Mr Reckless said he had been "thoroughly impressed by the performance and discipline of Andrew RT Davies and the Welsh Conservative group" since joining the Assembly last May.
Mark Reckless Timeline:
- 2014 - Joins UKIP from the Conservatives and wins a by-election in his Rochester and Strood seat.
- 2015 - Voted out of the Commons in the 2015 general election.
- 2016 - Elected to the Welsh Assembly on a UKIP ticket.
- 2017 - Quits UKIP and joins Welsh Conservative group in the Senedd.
In a letter to Mr Davies, the assembly presiding officer Elin Jones said, as Mr Reckless was no longer a member of UKIP, that he "can be treated as a member of your group for the purposes of our procedures within the Assembly".