June 27, 2011 8:36

Police say Tory chairman Christopher Shale's death at Glastonbury is 'not suspicious'

Officers deny initial reports that Shale may have committed suicide

Police say Tory chairman Christopher Shale's death at Glastonbury is 'not suspicious'

Photo: PA

Police investigating the death of Christopher Shale, whose body was discovered in a portable toilet in the VIP backstage area of Glastonbury in the early hours of yesterday (June 26), are thought to have ruled out the idea that he committed suicide.

Shale's death, which forced police to cordon off areas of the VIP hospitality area, had previously been described as a "suicide situation" by Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis at a press conference yesterday. But according to Sky News, police sources have now said this is almost certainly not the case.

According to a statement from Avon And Somerset Police last night, a post-mortem has been carried out and Shale's death is now being treated as "not suspicious". A spokesman for the police added: "Further tests will be conducted to establish the exact cause of death." It has also been revealed that there is a history of heart problems in Shale's family.

Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement yesterday, in which he said he was "devastated" over Shale's death. Shale had worked as chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, where Cameron is MP for Witney, and was a friend of the Prime Minister and his wife Samantha.

Cameron said yesterday: "A big rock in my life has suddenly been rolled away. Christopher was one of the most truly generous people I've ever met. Our love and prayers are with Nikki [Shale's wife] 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."

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