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Political pundit Alex Kane dons dress and sings on steps of Stormont after losing Assembly election bet

By Claire Williamson

He's a man who stays true to his word.

Political commentator Alex Kane made a promise that if Green party MLA Clare Bailey was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly following May 5 elections - he would stand on the steps of Stormont in a dress and sing a song.

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Green party leader Steven Agnew reminded him of this as the votes were being counted.

And after Clare Bailey was returned to the south Belfast constituency - all eyes were on Mr Kane.

Last night, on BBC The View he fulfilled his promise and donned a purple dress, stood proudly on the famous steps of Parliament Buildings and belted out the Gloria Gaynor classic, I Am What I Am - under the watchful eye of the Green MLA.

A bet's a bet. On @bbctheview tonight the ballad of the Green MLA and the commentator in the purple dress.

— bbctheview(@bbctheview) May 12, 2016

And after his musical stint social media was ablaze with comment on his performance - with plenty of comment from the man himself.

.@bbctheview The dogs across Belfast will be howling tonight. I'm available for hauntings and seances: )

— Alex.Kane(@AlexKane221b) May 12, 2016

@MayorofNantes @bbctheview I've never sung in public before. I'll never do it again : )

— Alex.Kane(@AlexKane221b) May 12, 2016

.@bbctheview @ClareBaileyGPNI Apparently a visitor watching from the top thought I was the Archbishop of Canterbury : )

— Alex.Kane(@AlexKane221b) May 12, 2016

I think we should re-name Alex Kane as "thepurple pundit"

— Seamus Close (@Seamus_Close) May 12, 2016

Can't get "Iam what I am" out of my head. Thanks @AlexKane221b & @bbctheview

— David McCann (@dmcbfs) May 13, 2016

@bbctheview @AlexKane221b @ClareBaileyGPNI it's a beautiful frock, you wear it well

— Allison Morris (@AllisonMorris1) May 12, 2016

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