Reports that Conservative Assembly Group staff were sent home early today led to speculation that Welsh leader Andrew RT Davies was meeting Theresa May's Joint Chief of Staff Nick Timothy. That's denied by official Welsh Conservative sources.
Rumours that Theresa May’s Chief of Staff Nick Timothy has been meeting Andrew RT Davies are being flatly denied by Welsh Tories tonight.
A Welsh Conservative spokesperson says the rumours are 100% not true.
MPs who've criticised Mr Davies' decision to allow UKIP defector Mark Reckless into the Tory Group have been confident that they have the support of Downing Street. ITV News understands that at least one AM is preparing to mount a leadership challenge next week. Mr Davies appeared unconcerned tonight.
The Welsh Conservatives are facing tensions and divisions following the decision to allow Mark Reckless to join the Assembly group
Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has spoken out over the defection of Mark Reckless - after we finally caught up with him.
The Assembly's Presiding Officer says Mark Reckless can be a member of the Conservative group, even though he hasn't joined the Tory party.