Does the Royston Crow welcome Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget?

Chancellor Philip Hammond outside Downing Street flanked by Treasury colleagues (left to right) Robe

Chancellor Philip Hammond outside Downing Street flanked by Treasury colleagues (left to right) Robert Jenrick, Liz Truss, Mel Stride (hidden) and John Glen, before heading to the House of Commons to deliver his Budget. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The Royston Crow has been mentioned in today’s Autumn Budget, with Chancellor Philip Hammond claiming we would be welcoming it.

On the back of referring to a £650 million pot to help regenerate high streets, a change in how rates are calculated from 2021 and cutting rates by a third for small businesses, Mr Hammond told the House of Commons: “I will also extend the £1,500 local newspaper discount for a further year.

“Mr Deputy Speaker, whatever the national press says, I have been assured of a warm welcome from the Royston Crow and the Keswick Reminder.”

The statement has been followed with a series of tweets to the Crow, asking us if we do indeed welcome Mr Hammond’s Budget.

To answer that question, Crow editor Nick Gill said: “As a local weekly newspaper we pride ourselves on our neutral reporting of political issues, so we certainly wouldn’t be endorsing – nor lambasting – Mr Hammond’s Budget. Instead, we will leave it to our readers to decide whether this is a good Autumn Budget for residents and businesses in the North Herts and South Cambs area.

“He has certainly got our attention, though, and we have a sneaky suspicion either North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald or South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen may have had a word in the Chancellor’s ear – but nobody asked us.

“It’s either that or he has taken a liking to the name... the Crow is proud to say it’s often referred to as having one of the best – or strangest, depending on what you read – newspaper names in the UK and beyond.”