{mosimage}The House Magazine, By Lord Corbett of Castle Vale: What, asked the young man outside the mosque in Qom the day before Iran’s general election last week, is the point of voting, "when the results are known in advance"?

{mosimage}United Press International, By David Amess MP: As parliamentary elections in Iran confirm a vast majority for the hard-liners in Iran, jostling seems to have already gained pace for Iran's presidential elections in 2009. However, pressure on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has grown more forceful from within his own camp rather than the so-called reformists whose campaign was crushed by the vast disqualification of their candidates in the March 14 parliamentary polls.

{mosimage}International Herald Tribune, By Lord Waddington, Lord Archer of Sandwell and Lord Corbett of Castle Vale: If there is one issue that has dominated discussions among policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic, it is the devilish question of how to deal with an Iranian regime that has continued to frustrate the democratic ambitions of its people while meddling in the affairs of other nations.

{mosimage}The Scotsman, The government is shamefully still branding Iran's main opposition party as terrorists, writes LORD FRASER OF CARMYLLIE

AGENTS of Iran's notorious intelligence ministry detained Ebrahim Lotfollahi on 6 January during a university exam in the western city of Sanandaj. On 15 January, his parents were notified of his death in custody. The official version is that Lotfollahi committed suicide, but his relatives say he had signs of torture on his body when they briefly visited him several days after his detention.