Conservative activist dies at festival

June 26, 2011 at 11:16 AM
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GLASTONBURY, England, June 26 (UPI) -- A prominent Conservative with ties to British Prime Minister David Cameron died at the Glastonbury Music Festival of an apparent suicide, the land owner said.

Christopher Shale's body was found Sunday morning in a portable toilet, The Sunday Telegraph reported. It was in the festival's VIP section.

Shale, 56, was head of the West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, which includes Witney, Cameron's constituency. An article in this week's Mail on Sunday quoted a Shale memo saying there is little reason at the moment to become a Conservative.

Police said they had not determined the cause of death. But Michael Eavis, the 75-year-old farmer who hosts the festival, said he had been told the death was a suicide.

A successful businessman, Shale only recently took up his party post, The Guardian said. He had been a party activist and fundraiser for many years and made five trips to Rwanda for a Conservative project to help the country.

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