Top Tory Found Dead at Glastonbury Music Fest

Christopher Shale's body found after press prints embarrassing memo
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 27, 2011 1:40 AM CDT
A private ambulance at the Glastonbury Music Festival is parked near the site where Christopher Shales, a party chairman and friend of Pime Minister David Cameron was found dead.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

(Newser) – A close pal of British Prime Minister David Cameron has been found dead in a VIP portable toilet at the Glastonbury Music Festival in England. The corpse of Christopher Shale was discovered the same day the Sunday Mail printed an embarrassing memo by him saying that people saw little reason to join the Conservatives. Shale, 56, was the Conservative party chairman in Cameron's district. In his memo, he attributed the fall in party membership to people's suspicions that if they get involved, "we'll beg and steal from them, and they're right."

It's not yet clear if Shale died of a heart attack or committed suicide, according to various press reports. Cameron called Shale a "close and valued friend." A "big rock in my life has suddenly been rolled away," he said. Shale's family is "absolutely devastated and shell-shocked," said a spokesman.

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