Tommy Corbyn’s hemp shop is back as an online outfit, just months after it looked to have gone up in smoke. The National Hemp Service — brainchild of Corbyn, son of former Labour leader Jeremy, and his girlfriend Chloe Kerslake-Smith — is offering a range of products made from hemp, a strain of the cannabis plant family, and a 10 per cent discount for NHS workers.
Corbyn and Kerslake-Smith ran into problems in November when a planned opening of a shop in Finsbury Park fell through. It was reported that liquidators were appointed. At the time, investor Jeremy Ditchfield, sole director of UK National Hemp Service Ltd, told media: “I’m £30,000 out of pocket.” Now Corbyn and Kerslake-Smith are back. Companies House records show in February that a company called Dina Camden Ltd changed its name to National Hemp Service Ltd, a month after Corbyn and Kerslake-Smith became directors.
“We’re over the moon to have launched an online offering,” they told the Islington Gazette, promising the café “will be opening its door once it’s safe to do so”. They added they had a new appreciation for “what it takes to bring an idea into being”. Will they get the rub of the green this time?