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There's no sign of an end to tensions within the Welsh Conservatives at the end of a turbulent week. Catch up with the story so far by clicking here. During a heated conference call earlier, those at the top of the party in Wales have told Andrew RT Davies they disagree with his actions.
Sources close to Mr Davies say he has the right as Opposition Leader to decide who's in his team even if the Board of Welsh Conservatives disagrees with him. Others say the Board reflects widespread unhappiness. I've even heard the term 'untenable position' used. That's dismissed by a spokesperson:
What is true that an arcane dispute over the use of a power the Welsh Government doesn't have and currently looks unlikely to have in the near future, has become a make-or-break moment with massive ramifications for Welsh Conservatives. Quite simply it will decide who runs the party in Wales.
Our Political Editor Adrian Masters speaks to Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies who explains why he sacked four of his Assembly Members from the Shadow Cabinet.
Nick Ramsay who's been sacked as the Welsh Conservative's Shadow Finance Minister says he won't launch a leadership challenge. Speaking in Brussels where he's chairing a meeting of the Business and Enterprise Committee he said he would support the leader Andrew RT Davies in 'whatever way I can.'
The Monmouth AM narrowly lost the leadership to Mr Davies in 2011, but he says he's focussing on the needs of his constituents.
Labour AM Mick Antoniw says this about the Welsh Conservative reshuffle:
One of the four Assembly Members sacked from Andrew RT Davies' Shadow Cabinet says he was surprised at the move. But Mohammad Asghar says his position in the party's row over income tax devolution is clear.
Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies explains why he sacked four of his Assembly Members from the Shadow Cabinet. When I asked him if he's worried about the prospect of a leadership challenge, he said simply, 'Do I look worried?'
Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has thanked members of his Cabinet dismissed following a reshuffle.
Davies believes the move will help the Conservatives provide a more credible alternative to Labour.
“I’m confident that the new Shadow Cabinet has everything it takes to continue breaking barriers and providing innovative ideas.
“I want to thank Nick Ramsay, Antoinette Sandbach, Janet Finch-Saunders, and Mohammad Asghar for their excellent service and I look forward to continued campaigning with them as a Welsh Conservative group." - Andrew RT Davies
Following income tax vote disputes, Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has dismissed four AM's and reshuffled the Shadow Cabinet:
Darren Millar retains Health and Social Services.
Mark Isherwood keeps Housing and North Wales, adds Local Government.
William Graham takes charge of Business, Enterprise and Technology.
Russell George takes charge of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
Suzy Davies keeps Welsh Language and Culture and adds Equalities and Sport to her responsibilities.
Paul Davies remains Deputy Leader, keeps Finance and becomes Chief Whip.
Byron Davies keeps Transport and Regeneration.
Angela Burns retains Education.