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Post  Guest on Sun 26 Jun - 14:04

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Police are currently dealing with an unexplained death at Glastonbury Festival.

At around 9am police were alerted to a body having been found in an inter-stage area of the festival site. The man is believed to be in his 50s. Officers are currently working to establish the circumstances leading up to the man's death which at this stage is being treated as unexplained.

http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/LocalPages/NewsDetails.aspx?nsid=23638&t=4&lid=0&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Also, this was posted by Sky News Breaks 2 hours ago

Man who died in portable toilet at Glastonbury festival named as Christoper Shale, chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association

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Post  Guest on Sun 26 Jun - 15:28

How sad

David Cameron's local Tory chairman found dead in Glastonbury toilet
David Cameron said he was "devastated" to hear of the death of Christopher Shale, his constituency chairman, who apparently committed suicide in a portable toilet at Glastonbury Festival.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/glastonbury/8599479/David-Camerons-local-Tory-chairman-found-dead-in-Glastonbury-toilet.html

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Post  Guest on Sun 26 Jun - 15:53

Shale death followed leaked report
Sunday, 26 June 2011


The death of senior Conservative figure Christopher Shale at the Glastonbury Festival is under investigation

Christopher Shale's mysterious death at the Glastonbury Festival has come just hours after the senior Tory was quoted as saying there was "no reason" to join his party.

A scathing report attributed to the chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association - who was found dead in a portable toilet in the backstage area of the event - was leaked to the Mail on Sunday.

The wealthy businessman, who was chief executive of Oxford Resources Ltd, a cost reduction company based in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, wrote of his party in a strategy document claiming there was "no reason to join. Lots of reasons not to".

The Prime Minister's close ally also attacked his own association's fundraising efforts. He wrote: "Over the years we have come across as graceless, voracious, crass, always on the take."

The paper reported how Mr Shale concluded that people do not join the Conservatives because they "think we'll beg and steal from them. And they're right".

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "devastated" to hear of the death of his constituency chairman at the festival.

In a statement, Mr Cameron said Mr Shale was a "close and valued friend" and a "big rock" in his life.

Mr Shale, a father who was in his 50s, was believed to have been staying in a Winnebago at the festival. Police are investigating the cause of death.

Mr Cameron said: "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."

Glastonbury Festival supremo Michael Eavis described the death as "a suicide situation", although police said it was still too early to say. Other sources suggested it was a heart attack.



Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uk/shale-death-followed-leaked-report-16016219.html#ixzz1QOTu5Zfj

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Post  AnnaEsse on Sun 26 Jun - 16:20

Thanks carmen.

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Post  fred on Sun 26 Jun - 18:45

Hmmmm!! Very strange

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Post  Badboy on Sun 26 Jun - 20:16

I SAW A REPORT ON SKY NEWS? THAT APPEARED TO SAY HE COMMITTED SUICIDE,NOT SURE IF I GOT IT RIGHT,HOW SAD FOR HIS FAMILY

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Post  Angelique on Sun 26 Jun - 23:23

Yes this is very sad - but you know what I thought of immediately - David Kelly. I hope I am wrong.

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Post  Badboy on Tue 28 Jun - 0:02

HE DIED FROM A HEART ATTACK

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Post  Guest on Tue 28 Jun - 0:13

Yes, Badboy, that's what the family is saying. But I don't think the pathologist has yet established a cause of death.

Tory's death sparks debate among members
Andy McSmith examines Christopher Shale's divisive legacy

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More tests will be needed to determine exactly why a senior Conservative and personal friend of David Cameron died in a portable toilet at the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend.

Christopher Shale, 56, collapsed just after being warned that a private strategy document he had written for the party had been leaked.

There is no evidence that the news contributed to what is thought to have been a massive heart attack. At the opening of an inquest yesterday, the cause of the death was recorded as "unascertained".

One effect has been that Mr Shale's last political document, meant only for the eyes of a few hundred paid up Conservative Party members in Oxfordshire, is now being read by thousands.

In it, he warned of a widening difference between party activists and Conservative voters. Potential supporters are put off joining because they fear they will face never-ending demands for money, and will be expected to take part in activities that do not appeal to them, such as door to door canvassing, he claimed.

Others suspect that sheer inefficiency is a part cause of falling membership. In March, Conservative headquarters carried out a "mystery shopper" exercise, by writing to 300 local associations posing as individuals wanting to join. Half did not reply, a handful wanted would-be members to undergo an interview, and 10 per cent of the associations replied that they were closed to new members. Conservative Party membership has fallen from 259,000 when David Cameron became Tory leader nearly six years ago to 177,000.

Mr Shale suggested that the way to stop the shrinkage was to organise imaginative social events so that being a party member would be more fun – though he conceded that "to many potential members, the idea of Tory party social activity is at best rather more threat than promise, at worst a perfect oxymoron".

The West Oxfordshire association, which he chaired, has 11 upcoming events listed, none of which seems overtly political. They include a summer party, a coffee morning, a lunch club, a bridge day and winter drinks.

After the shock of Mr Shale's death, party officials were not prepared to be drawn into a discussion of his strategy document. But one leading London Tory activist, who asked not to be named, claimed that Mr Shale's description applies to the Tories' rural heartland – "where you are joining a Dad's Army" – but not to metropolitan areas where the Conservatives have to fight for votes. "In a metropolitan one, you get a lot more discussion and sophisticated social events," he said.

Tim Montgomerie, of the ConservativeHome website, questioned whether Mr Shale's solution would work, and suggested that a better strategy would be to give back to party members some of the powers they have had taken away.

"He wanted to return to the Conservative Party to a modern equivalent of what it was in the 1950s, when it was a social occasion, but I doubt whether any political party can compete with what there is on offer commercially," Mr Montgomerie said. "At the moment there is no real benefit in being a party member. Why would you join when more and more of the privileges of membership are lost?"

John Strafford, chairman of the Campaign for Conservative Dem-ocracy, said: "Christopher Shale's analysis of our party membership is absolutely right. Where he goes wrong is in saying that people are put off by politics.

"The problem is that participation has been wiped out of the Party. The ordinary member has no rights at all. This problem is going to be huge. If the Conservative Party wishes not to become the third party, then they have got to start taking democracy seriously."


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/torys-death-sparks-debate-among-members-2303658.html

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