In a bizarre turn of events at the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend, a senior UK political figure and aide to UK Prime Minister David Cameron was found dead in the VIP toilets at the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend. Christopher Shale was discovered dead in one of the backstage portloos in what organiser Michael Eavis has described as a ‘suicide situation’. Shale was chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, where Cameron is MP for Witney and was considered a close friend of the Prime Minister and his wife Samantha.

Cameron said in a statement: “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 [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.”

Police cordoned off areas of the VIP hospitality section as they investigated and removed the body, with festival boss Eavis saying that it was “very, very sad.”