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Glastonbury death: Cameron tribute to Christopher Shale

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Media captionEd Miliband and David Cameron pay tribute to Christopher Shale in the Commons

Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken in the House of Commons about his constituency chairman who was found dead at the Glastonbury Festival.

Toxicology tests are to be carried out on the body of Christopher Shale, 56, who was discovered in a toilet cubicle in the backstage area on Sunday.

"Some people say that in politics there are no real friendships - I think that is completely untrue," said Mr Cameron.

An inquest into the death was opened and adjourned in Wells on Monday.

Mr Cameron told MPs: "I think many of us in this House become extremely close to people who work very hard in our constituencies to help us.

"Christopher was one of those people and will be missed by me and my family and many, many people in West Oxfordshire."

'Unsung heroes'

He added: "It is perhaps a moment to reflect that we all consider what we are doing in this place as public service.

"We should also remember that people who toil very hard in political parties up and down the country - that is a form of public service and I think should be recognised and praised as well."

The Labour leader Ed Miliband expressed sympathy for the prime minister's "shock and loss".

He said: "From whatever side we come from, all of us know that it is unsung heroes like him that are the backbone of our constituency associations."

Post-mortem tests showed there was no suggestion the cause of death was suspicious.

Mr Shale's body, found near the Pyramid Stage, may have been undiscovered for 10 hours.

'Further tests'

The coroner, Tony Williams, said there was no suspicion of foul play but said further tests would be carried out to determine the exact cause of death.

Mr Williams said the body of Christopher Shale had now been released to his family.

Mr Shale, who was chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, had been staying in a mobile home with his family at the festival.

He worked in public relations, management consultancy and marketing, and was married with three adult children.

Mr Shale was the chief executive of Oxford Resources Ltd, a cost reduction company based in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, and was previously chief executive of MSG Communications.

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