The Londoner: Corbyn son grows his hemp empire

Jeremy Corbyn’s youngest son Tommy is preparing to open his hemp shop in the Labour leader’s Islington North constituency next month — and is extolling the plant as “part of the solution” to our Brexit woes.

The National Hemp Service will open on Stroud Green Road in September, and is the passion project of Tommy, 26, and his girlfriend Chloe Kerslake-Smith, 24, pictured. Every product will be made from hemp, a strain of cannabis.

Corbyn told the Islington Gazette yesterday: “We want to champion hemp as a material for all different things. We think cannabis has been demonised for a long time ... We don’t want people to be afraid of the plants. We want to help push legalisation forward — it’s the answer to a lot of our health and sustainability issues.

“Hemp offers a huge amount of solutions to the problems of today, in terms of agriculture, environment, even economically, if we all start growing hemp it would help.

“Especially in the Brexit environment when we are not going to be able to export much to the European Union, hemp is part of the solution.”

Items sold in the National Hemp Service will be sourced from like-minded independent firms. There are also plans to use the shop as a base for education and campaigning for cannabis legalisation.

Tommy is the third of Corbyn’s sons with his Chilean second wife Claudia Bracchitta. Corbyn famously missed Tommy’s birth because he was lecturing union members elsewhere in the same hospital. Tommy is also director of The Hemp Cafe, a separate company.

The shop — which has been in the works for some time — has been a DIY labour of love, and the pair are particularly proud of an impressive carved wooden sign positioned inside.

“There is only so much I can tell people,” Corbyn added. “I have to show them. It’s not a dingy smoking den ... We want people to come in and really go away having learned about the plant.”

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