Sinn Féin's Kathy Stanton, who has decided because of personal commitments not to stand in the next assembly election, last night (Friday) said she fully supported the party leadership in its handling of the policing issue.
It has been reported recently that Ms Stanton had voiced concerns at meetings about the Sinn Féin strategy on policing.
But Ms Stanton insisted that this speculation was "totally untrue".
The North Belfast assembly member said: "I have always stated that I support the Sinn Féin ard chomhairle's motions.
"These communities [in north Belfast] more than any communities deserve a police service
but a service that is going to be protecting their rights and not doing them any injustice.
"I have always been very supportive of Sinn Féin's policies regarding this issue."
Ms Stanton was asked if she fully supported the direction the Sinn Féin leadership was taking on policing and replied that she did and that there was no issue with which she had any difficulty.
She also signalled that she would offer support to policing in the context of the Sinn Féin demands being met in terms of transfer of powers, accountability and transparency which they had been negotiating.
Ms Stanton explained that before the Sinn Féin selection convention was held she had indicated that she would not be standing for another term of office in the assembly.
She explained that her decision was due to personal, family, commitments.
Ms Stanton, who is the party poverty spokesperson and has worked on housing and suicide issues in the constituency, added that she intended continuing to work for the party and would remain an active member including campaigning for their candidates in March's assembly election.
In North Belfast the Sinn Féin candidates will be Gerry Kelly and Belfast city councillor Caral Ni Chuilin.