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article imageTory constituency chairman found dead at Glastonbury

By Kev Hedges     Jun 26, 2011 in Politics
A Conservative party constituency chairman, Christopher Shale, has been found dead in a toilet in the VIP section of Glastonbury festival.
Mr Shale was the chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, he was discovered dead in a toilet in the back stage arena of Glastonbury. Police are saying they are not treating the death as suspicious. However there appears to be no clear information as to how Mr Shale died as the police who have already carried out a post-mortem examination are not disclosing the actual cause of death. Mr Shale was 56-years-old and was well known to British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said earlier that Shale was "a close and valued friend - a big rock in my life has suddenly been rolled away".
The PM is said to be "devastated". He also said the senior Tory party member was "a huge support over the last decade", reports the BBC.
The area where Mr Shale died is off-limits to the general public and security personnel enforce a strict no-pass no-entry ruling. It is reported he died in the press office area of the back stage arena by the toilets.
Earlier in the week, Mr Shale had written a strategic document which was later published in the Mail On Sunday that displayed a damning indictment on the Conservative Party. He wrote that there is "no reason anyone should join the Tories and lots of reasons not to join".
He claimed his party was "[coming] across as graceless, voracious, crass, always on the take." He also said "people believe we will beg and steal from them and they are probably right". Shale also pointed out that the electoral voting public were around 98 percent "political light" and only around two percent were interested in politics outside general election times.His point being offering more politics to the potential members was "off-putting".
Mr Shale was chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, was found at about 0900BST (0400EDT) on Sunday morning at the music event in Somerset.
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