During British Labour Government led by Rt. Hon. Anthony Blair there was much persecution of professionals led by the religious fanatics seeking power and domination.
When the previous Pope urged Catholics to engage in administration of the country by seeking jobs in the state institutions, many did just that. The General Medical Council, regulator of medical profession, employed the head of panel formation rumoured to be a member of Opus Dei. Doctors were nicely stitched up when she gave well paying jobs on Fitness to Practise Panels to the religious workers. Good medical practice did not matter but the power of the church. Women doctors could not expect a sympathetic ear from women panellists during disciplinary hearings who were already heavily committed to patriarchal domination.
Various provocations were made at places of work and professionals acting professionally became victimised and labelled as unprofessional, or quite simply, exposed as non-believers and leaders that should be removed. That was the start of the troubles often lasting decades.
For example, at a multidisciplinary meeting with the medical consultant when management of patients was to be discussed and arranged, the lowest ranking (in terms of earnings and education) would bring invitations to a church social event for the fore front of the medical staff. Others unqualified to diagnose would make medical diagnosis and even go as far as hiding patients from doctors.
All kinds of other boundaries were breached and those doctors who spoke against political oppression were eliminated from their profession and had to flee the country if they could.
The religious bias in British government seems everlasting with MPs still praying before their parliamentary sessions. Yes, in 2017!!
Russia has rehabilitated 10 millions of politically oppressed people and England none as far as we know from Blair era.