London: Christopher Shale, a close friend of
British Prime Minister David Cameron has been found dead in a
portable toilet at the Glastonbury music festival, hours after
a newspaper published a leaked Conservative strategy document,
reportedly authored by him.
Shale, 56, who was the party chairman in Cameron`s west
Oxfordshire constituency, was found dead in a toilet in the
site`s VIP area, The Guardian reported.
It was not immediately clear how Shale died.
Shale`s death coincided with the publication of the
article in the Daily Mail which revealed the contents of a
document, said to be written by him, arguing that the local
party needed to change to boost membership.
Shale was quoted as saying the Tories had come across
over the years as "graceless, voracious, crass, always on the
take" and needed to radically change.
Cameron said he was "devastated" by Shale`s death.
"Sam and I were devastated to hear the news about
Christopher. He was a great friend and has been a huge support
over the last decade in west Oxfordshire.
"A big rock in my life has suddenly been rolled away.
Christopher was one of the most truly generous people I`ve
ever met - he was always giving to others, his time, his help,
his enthusiasm and above all his love of life.
"It was in that spirit that he made a massive
contribution to the Conservative party, both locally and
nationally. Our love and prayers are with Nikki and the
family. They have lost an amazing dad, west Oxfordshire has
lost a big and wonderful man and, like so many others, Sam and
I have lost a close and valued friend."
Glastonbury is a prominent fixture of Britain`s music
calendar. About 170,000 people have descended on a farm in
southwestern England for this year`s event.