"I thought of myself originally as the Air Force 1 Nike Women plucky outsider and I hoped not to embarrass myself with the result. I'm delighted."
Coun Davison conceded that tuition fees had been a major issue on the doorstep.
it was only 38 per cent.
Three Labour gains were the Prestwich seats of Holyrood, St Mary's, and Sedgley the later two lost to the Lib Dems back in 2007. They also took Radcliffe North and Elton from the Conservatives. Labour Leader Mike Connolly was returned in the East ward with an increased majority.
At the start of the night at the Castle Leisure Centre count the Tories had needed to gain three of 17 contested seats to lead the council outright.
full recounts for the Ramsbottom seat produced a dead heat and under electoral rules, the two leading candidates had the choice of tossing a coin or drawing lots to decide the victor.
Veteran Lib Dem Wilf Davison failed to hold off the Labour challenge in Holyrood losing by less than 200 votes.
It was a subdued start fashion with candidates having to wait until after the verification of referendum votes at 1:50am for the counting to even start.
They now hold 26, while the Tories who have led the council with Lib Dem support for the last 12 months have 20. The Lib Dems have five seats, down from eight.
Labour's Joanne Columbine drew the longest straw to win the seat ahead of Conservative Robert Hodkinson who until then was tied for votes. Castle Leisure Centre erupted Red Air Force 1 High Tops
She said: "It feels unreal. I didn't think in my wildest dreams that if I did win it would come down to drawing lots. It has been a great experience for me. It's the first time I have ever done anything like this and I've really enjoyed it.
Labour wins control of Bury after straws drawn to decide dead
"And to win today, albeit with the drawing of straws, is just absolutely amazing. It's a testament to the work the Labour teams have done. We never expected to come here and get an absolute majority."
Gains in Elton, St Mary's, Radcliffe North, Holyrood and Sedgley left Labour as the biggest party at Bury town hall for the first time since 2007.
A guarded Lib Dem leader, Tim Pickstone said: "It has been a difficult set of elections for the Lib Dems.
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The Ramsbottom victory left Labour with a one seat majority in Bury council chamber, after four years in the cold.
Labour had already made five gains three from Liberal Democrats and two from the Conservatives when the Ramsbottom drama began.
The minority parties with no BNP candidates standing in Bury fared poorly. We set out yesterday with four targets. If we won those we would have been happy, but to win five was even better.
"It has done more for Bury than Labour has in 22 years."
The power struggle for Bury council was won by Labour in dramatic and historic fashion today after the party clinched the deciding seat by drawing straws.
with cheers from the winning party after the nailbiting climax.
See the moment in our video below .
Conservative and council leader Bob Bibby said: "This administration has fulfilled everything it has had to.
Turnout in Bury ranged from 32 to 49 per cent across the wards and was expected to have been low.
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