QUEBEC - Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois has allowed a caucus member she kicked out last week to return to the fold.

Marois says Guy Leclair can attend the PQ caucus meeting on Thursday.

Leclair was supposed to be banned from caucus until February because of drinking-and-driving-related charges and for allegedly leaking details to the media about internal tensions in the PQ.

Leclair, who represents Beauharnois riding, has said he'll fight the criminal charges and denies he leaked anything to the media.

Marois did not give any specific reasons for allowing Leclair to return, only saying they had a frank discussion and she is satisfied.

The PQ leader has seen several other members leave her caucus in the past few months amid grumbling about her leadership.