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Nicholas Leonard: Cameron loses one rock as his Tories wistfully recall another

Nicholas Leonard

Published 27/06/2011 | 05:00

'A big rock in my life has suddenly been rolled away', said British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday as he tried to come to terms with the news of the sudden death of Christopher Shale, one of his closest political colleagues and the chairman of his local constituency association in Oxfordshire.

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Shale's death would normally have attracted little, if any, coverage in the British media but, in the event, it has propelled him from obscurity into the headlines because he was found dead in a portable toilet at the Glastonbury Festival and because, just a few hours earlier, he had been revealed as the author of a damning indictment of the conduct of his local party association.

Conspiracy theorists immediately put two and two together to make something more than four and started to speculate that the exposure of his searing criticisms of his colleagues might have prompted him to commit suicide.

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