Apologies: First Draft News report that this is a hoax: “we debunked it in one of our emails to our newsrooms partners”. The original tweet with the fake story is preserved below.
A lawyer and former Foreign Office staffer, who once wrote an election manifesto in poetry form, his switch has been motivated by Brexit:
Note: he is a hereditary peer but has not been elected to be a continuing member of the House of Lords.
The origin of the hoax