Growth is an important part of the Autumn Statement challenge for the Chancellor but the influential counties felt snubbed because growth fund allocations are heading towards cities and metro mayors. This is one of many areas where counties , the heartland of Tory England feel snubbed and marginalised by a Conservative Government.  There remains strong opposition to mayors in the counties and its not  easy to see where compromise will be reached. It will be interesting to see how the Autumn Statement balances  competing interests and how Surrey MP and  Chancellor Phillip Hammond  balances the interest of those councils  such as his own home county Surrey  and the city regions