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Christopher Shale (23 August 1954,[1] in Northampton – 25 June 2011, in Pilton) was a British businessman and Conservative politician. He was Chairman of the West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, and a close associate of Prime Minister and local MP David Cameron, who praised him for his "massive contribution to the Conservative Party, both locally and nationally".[2][3]

Christopher Shale
Personal details
Born(1954-08-23)August 23, 1954
Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
DiedJune 25, 2011(2011-06-25) (aged 56)
Pilton, Somerset, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative

Shale was educated at Great Houghton Preparatory School and Oakham School in Rutland, he was then commissioned as a British Army officer in the 17th/21st Lancers. After leaving the army he joined Durdon Smith Communications and then became the chief executive of SGL Communications. In 1990 he then became the founder and managing director of Oxford Resources, a business supply consultancy.[2][4] Shale was also a director of the Centre for Policy Studies between 2001 and 2005 and a sponsor of the eurosceptic thinktank Open Europe.

In June 2011 he was critical of the British Conservative Party in a strategy document that was leaked to the Mail on Sunday newspaper, saying that they came across as "graceless, voracious, crass, always on the take".[5]

Shale lived in Over Worton, a village near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire with his wife Nikki. The couple had a son, Alby Shale, and he was stepfather to Nikki's two children from her first marriage (to Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi), Natalia Yeomans and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.[citation needed]

Shale died of a heart attack at the Glastonbury Festival. Prior to the discovery of his body in a portable toilet, he had been reported missing for 18 hours.[6]


  1. ^ Childs, Martin (27 June 2011). "Christopher Shale: Conservative Party activist who became a trusted aide and friend of David Cameron". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Childs, Martin (28 June 2011). "Obituary in "The Independent"". London. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Senior Tory found dead in Glastonbury toilet", Channel 4 News, Sunday 26 June 2011
  4. ^ Cole, Robert (6 March 1994). "Scrooge specialist lowers overheads". Independent of Sunday. London. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  5. ^ Senior Tory Christopher Shale found dead at Glastonbury festival,, Sunday 26 June 2011
  6. ^ "Glastonbury Festival: Christopher Shale died of natural causes". BBC News. 27 September 2011.