ANDREW PIERCE: Corbyn Junior flops again as cannabis king

ANDREW PIERCE: Corbyn Junior flops again as cannabis king

Many Labour MPs are passionate advocates of the legalisation of cannabis. None more so than Jeremy Corbyn, the previous Labour leader, who is a long-standing supporter of the reform of drug laws.

Yet, for the second time in two years, his son Tommy’s cannabis business has gone up in smoke.

Paperwork filed at Companies House shows that The Hemp Cafe Ltd has been struck off the register of companies.

Tommy set up the company immediately after the failure of his National Hemp Service Ltd (NHS) in 2019.

He runs a shop in North London and a mail-order business selling products containing a legal cannabis-derived substance called CBD, such as oil capsules and CBD-infused sweets.

But The Hemp Cafe Ltd was struck off the companies’ register on October 19 and formally dissolved last week on October 26. Such action is often taken if directors fail to file paperwork on time.

Tommy (left) set up the company immediately after the failure of his National Hemp Service Ltd (NHS) in 2019

The closure of a second company linked to his cannabis business will cause further embarrassment for his father, Jeremy.

The first business went under with debts of £100,000 in 2019, not long after the then Labour leader declared that his most trusted adviser on business policy was his son, Tommy.

Witchell wasn’t wise to whine 

Veteran BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell’s outburst over Buckingham Palace not being transparent about the Queen’s recent admission to hospital continues to divide opinion.

In a podcast, the TV comedian Frank Skinner said: ‘Witchell did a TV rant about the Palace not keeping him informed about the Queen’s health.

Witchell’s got friends in high places. Or he thought he had. Turns out they’re slightly lower places than he thought

I thought, ‘Mind your own business, Witchell!’. The whole subtext was ‘She’d be nothing without me . . . I discovered her, and now she’s turned against me!’

No, it’s the Queen. Witchell’s got friends in high places. Or he thought he had.

Turns out they’re slightly lower places than he thought.

Vicar’s daughter Theresa May has joined the board of the Westminster Abbey Institute, which helps to ‘revitalise moral and spiritual values in public life’.

It is unpaid work. Not that she needs any extra cash.

May has coined £1.5 million in speaking engagement fees since she was toppled as prime minister in July 2019.

After Blairite ex-minister Lord Adonis blamed Brexit for raw sewage being pumped into rivers, environment minister Lord Goldsmith branded him ‘fundamentally dishonest’, adding: ‘Sewage has been pumped into waters for decades — including on his watch.’

Tory MP Sir Desmond Swayne has been doing his bit to save fuel — and it hasn’t ended well.

Despite wind and rain, he decided to cycle to an evening meeting in his New Forest West constituency.

After slogging up a long hill, he was enjoying the descent on the other side when he was dazzled by the headlights of an oncoming car.

He recalls: ‘I slipped into the rough edge of the road, went head over heels, gashed my leg through waterproofs and trousers and ended up so heavily bruised that I’ve been limping ever since.’

Comfy, safe gas-guzzlers from now on, Sir Des. 

Won’t anyone be Keir’s friend

Opinion polls continue to show that Boris is comfortably ahead of Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer in the personal approval stakes.

Now I hear that when Starmer invited Labour MPs to his office for a social chat and photograph together, as part of his attempts to improve his relations with the parliamentary party, only 20 turned up.

If he can’t convince his backbenchers, what hope the public?

If he can’t convince his backbenchers, what hope the public? He is also struggling in his own back yard

He is also struggling in his own back yard.

Lorna Russell, the deputy mayor in his local Camden Council, has defected to the Green Party.

She said: ‘Nationally, I am concerned that the [Labour] Party lacks a coherent vision for the future.’ In other words, she blames Starmer.

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