A General Election count has been forced out of its usual home by a cartoon dog.

The Brighton Centre is the regular venue for the city’s election operations but it is already booked on July 4 for children's show Bluey.

Brighton and Hove City Council has been forced to move the count to Portslade Sports Centre.

A council spokesman said: “The calling of the snap election by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak meant we had to find a suitable venue in a short space of time.

“Our usual venue for election counts is the Brighton Centre but this is already booked for shows by Bluey, the famous children’s TV character.

“We looked at other venues in the city but none are as suitable as the sports centre which will be able to hold 500 people and 150 count tables, has good accessibility, large areas for declaring the winners and accommodating the media.”

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Residents go to the polls on July 4 and the count will be held overnight and into July 5.

Portslade Sports Centre, its car park and outdoor spaces will be closed from Wednesday, July 3, for three days.

Portslade and Aldridge Community Academy, which is next to the centre, will remain open and Freedom Leisure, which runs the centre, will offer alternative arrangements for members.

All three counts for Brighton will be held in Portslade.

Labour’s Tom Gray and Green candidate Sian Berry are expected to battle it out over Caroline Lucas’s former seat, Brighton Pavilion.

Chris Ward is the front runner in Kemptown but his campaign had a rocky start after protesters interrupted his launch event on Friday.

Peter Kyle is projected to hold Hove and Portslade and will be up against Tory Carline Deal, Green Sophie Broadbent and Lib Dem Michael Wang. Tanushka Marah will also stand as an independent candidate while Martin Hess represents Reform UK.