AN Assembly Member says she stands by her decision to defy her party leader after being removed from the Welsh Conservative shadow cabinet.
North Wales AM Antoinette Sandbach, who was shadow rural affairs minister, was one of four-front bench Tories to lose their posts in a reshuffle.
Ms Sandbach and fellow former shadow ministers Nick Ramsay, Janet Finch-Saunders and Mohammad Asghar, all failed to support leader Andrew R T Davies in a vote on tax-raising powers.
But Ms Sandbach said: “I took a position which I believe to be the right one and the debate will no doubt be conducted in the future when it is more appropriate.
“Questions about tax are not relevant to the vast majority of my constituents at this present time and if others wish to concentrate on the question of tax, that is a matter for them.”
She added: “My region is being battered by storms and that is where my focus is.
“My constituents should know I may have lost the title ‘shadow minister for rural affairs’ but I have not lost my voice or my brain.
“I intend to continue to use both to speak up for my constituents and my region, as I have done throughout my time in the Assembly.”
Her fellow North Wales AM, Mark Isherwood, of Flintshire, has seen his own portfolio increase, becoming shadow minister for housing, communities, local government and North Wales.