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David Cameron's Constituency Chairman Found Dead at Glastonbury (26 June 2011)
Christopher Shale's body was found at about 0900 BST on Sunday
A senior member of David Cameron's Tory constituency association has been found dead in a toilet at Glastonbury Festival, the BBC understands.
The body of Christopher Shale, chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, was found at about 0900 BST at the music event in Somerset.
Police cordoned off the hospitality area where his body was found and are investigating the cause of death.
The prime minister said he and his wife, Samantha, were "devastated".
Inspector Chris Morgan, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "A male was found down by the press office in the toilet area.
"At the moment we are working to establish the cause of the gentleman's death."
Festival founder Michael Eavis spoke of his sadness over the death during a press conference later.
"It's very very sad - I can't say too much about it," he said.
The cordon was put up around the backstage shower and toilet area, and a camping area where production teams and some performers stay was also blocked off.
Mr Shale features in an article in the Mail on Sunday, which portrayed him as being critical of his Conservative association.
In what the newspaper calls a strategy document looking at how to increase association membership - which Mr Cameron is said to be aware of - Mr Shale says that at present there was "no reason to join - lots of reasons not to".
In the document, he presented a scathing assessment of the social skills and fundraising efforts of his association.
More than 137,000 people are thought to be attending the festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, which ends on Sunday.
Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-13918856