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Criminal lawyers are often asked how they can represent a defendant they think is guilty, and doctors are often asked why they treat patients who will not help themselves get better. Both answer that their private views are irrelevant: there is a professional duty to be carried out, and it will be done well regardless. Can this same ‘professional detachment’ reasoning be applied to politicians to protect their private views from public scrutiny? Do the current UK privacy laws allow for such an argument?

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