KEITH Dibble has been elected as the new Leader of the Rushmoor Labour Group in succession to Andy Straker, who stood down at the recent elections.

Coun. Dibble has been a councillor since 1984 and now represents North Town, Aldershot.

Aged 47, he is married to fellow North Town councillor Sue Dibble and they have a 17-year-old son, Tom. Keith is employed as Ericsson's Property and FM Services Manager for North West Europe.

He chairs Rushmoor Community Mediation Service, the North Town Youth Club management committee and the Eagle/ County Sound Listeners' Advisory Panel.

"We will look to build on the strong links we have with the Labour Government," he said. "All too often Tory Rushmoor attacks the Government for petty party political reasons and then complains of not receiving a fair deal."