Shale's death followed leaked report

Christopher Shale’s mysterious death came hours after the senior Tory was quoted as saying there was “no reason” to join his party.

Christopher Shale’s mysterious death came hours after the senior Tory was quoted as saying there was “no reason” to join his party.

A scathing report attributed to the chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association was leaked to the Mail on Sunday.

The wealthy businessman, who was chief executive of Oxford Resources Ltd, a cost reduction company based in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, wrote a strategy document claiming there was “no reason to join. Lots of reasons not to”.

The British Prime Minister’s close ally also attacked his own association’s fundraising efforts.

“Over the years we have come across as graceless, voracious, crass, always on the take,” he wrote.

The paper reported how Mr Shale concluded that people do not join because they “think we’ll beg and steal from them. And they’re right”.

“When we are together we are not always a group of people to whom many of our potential members are going to be magnetically drawn,” he said.

“When we come together as a group we sometimes morph into something different, less attractive.”

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