Dear Editor, Excellent piece by Lord Corbett (High court offers new hope for Iran, Post, May 16).

Despite all the pressure on the Iranian resistance like the illegal proscription by the UK, USA and the EU, attacks from the USA and Britain on the camp of the People's Mojahedin which is the largest coalition of the NCRI, and the 120,000 supporters and members of the resistance inside Iran that have been executed by the regime, the resistance keeps struggling independently with the faith they always have had from the beginning of their existence.

May 7 has been a wonderful day for the Iranian people. On this day the Iranian resistance showed the world their strength and capacities by defeating the British government in the Court of Appeal.

The UK government, appeasing the mullahs to satisfy their needs of oil, money and power while their troops are killed by these clerics, still hasn't de-proscribed the PMOI and is fooling itself by trying to win this kind of court case without any evidence.

It is now time for the truth, which the Iranian people for 28 years have been waiting for. Stop blocking the Iranian people's resistance and take action to stop the mullahs in Iran.




Dear editor, Lord Corbett's analysis of the situation surrounding Iran is one that should be supported as the only positive solution to what is each day becoming an increasingly deepening problem.

The Iranian regime's destructive measures in Iraq and the wider Middle East are clear, but the solution now offered by Iran's opposition, the PMOI has not been as widely covered.

The PMOI offer a real hope for democratic change in Iran, as the largest and most well organised opposition movement. After the UKcourt decision, we must now support the PMOI and its ideals for a free and democratic Iran.

Congratulations to both Lord Corbett and The Birmingham Post for highlighting what is the only solution to the Iranian crisis.


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In search of a grandmother

Dear Editor, I live in Cardiff and for the past couple of years I have been trudging through countless websites trying to help my mum find her real mother.

We were on a well-known website asking for help and advice how to proceed when we were contacted by a gentleman who claimed he could help us.

He carried on his search, sending us bit of information but with no actual proof for us to view but claims to have spoken to my mum's mum (a very nice lady from Birmingham) who was absolutely delighted to have the possibility of meeting her daughter again.

Then he claimed we could only meet after paying a considerable sum.

We have been able to verify some details and it would appear that the lady is indeed born and bred in Birmingham.

I was hoping it would be possible to launch an appeal for anyone who knows the whereabouts of this lady and family as it would be sad if she is waiting for my mum to call when she has been told that she has been in contact in searching for her.

I am one of six children and currently my mother has fallen ill and cannot work. I am due to give birth in july and would love to have all my family around me at this time.

The lady we are looking for was called Shirley M Brigham, born summer 1948, but we have no clue of her married name. She has two sons, Warren John and Darren, as well as a daughter whose name is unknown to us.

Shirley's parents were/are called Donald Brigham and Kathleen Brigham (Maund) My mum was born Julie Diane Brigham on March 16, 1967, in Cardiff.

Please help me with my search.



By-election manoeuvres

Dear Editor, You state (Post, May 19) that 'Premiers do not make campaign visits to constituencies ahead of by-elections'.

While rare - and best avoided - this isn't an absolute truth. Tony Blair visited Uxbridge during the 1997 byelection and also campaigned a year later in Beckenham, to no great effect.

When campaigning for the Liberals in Northumberland as long ago at the Berwick by-election in 1973, I bumped into then Prime Minister, Edward Heath, on his walkabout in Craster where he implausibly advised that he was just there to buy smoked kippers.

Conservatives went on to lose that seat as well!


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Remembering the important things

Dear Editor, I have been watching the awful scenes in Burma and China.

I am sure that these poor people would dearly love to only have to worry about the rising cost of fuel and a stagnant housing market.

Sometimes we just have to remind ourselves how lucky we really are in this country.




Calling out for singers

Dear Editor, On 12th July 2008, five hundred singers will come together to rehearse during a day workshop and then perform a one-off concert of songs from the stage and screen. We would like you to be one of those singers.

D-Concert is arranged and co-ordinated by a team of volunteers, with the support of local businesses and organisations, and is a registered event to support Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) in their fundraising efforts to provide dedicated facilities for a specialist teenage cancer unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

Anybody over the age of 16 can take part! If you love musicals, singing or being part of something really big then the D-Concert is for you. Please visit the website to find out more about it and how to be involved in the biggest charity concert in the Solihull calendar.

Every cast member will raise a minimum of £20 sponsorship for Teenage Cancer Trust, so don't wait, because there are only 500 places. There are also 132 audience tickets available.

Please call or e-mail us if you would like to find out more about what we know is going to be the most exciting musical event of the year.


For and on behalf of D Concert Tel: 07970 092253


Accounting for the parking factor

Dear Editor, On Sunday Morning (May 18) Aston residents were woke up by a blearing PA system at Villa Park and found the area flooded with motorcars and people. The attraction was the X Factor auditions at Villa Park.

None of the usual car parking arrangements were in operation and the area was cluttered up with cars parked all over the place in residential streets. The police were conspicuous by their absence but they made their presence felt around lunchtime when trucks appeared to remove some vehicles that were causing major obstructions.

The Holte end car park was closed and used for queuing. This was unhelpful.

Trinity Road was closed. The closure was being enforced by a private security firm. When asked the security staff indicated the police had closed the road for safety reasons. The police were not controlling the closure of this public road as they normally do when there is a football game at Villa Park.

Aston Parish church experienced a number of difficulties associated with cars parked in the graveyard and obstructing the entrances.

"We normally have good notice of road closures but today we have received nothing" said a spokesperson for Aston Parish Church. "We need to make enquiries about what went wrong."

"It was disgraceful," said Colin Sharrock chair of Perry Aston Residents Association. "We have spent years working with Villa and the City Council to implement a residents parking scheme, it now works well on match days. I want to know why it was not used today to protect residents from this invasion of their privacy." "Who allowed cars to be parked on the pavement in Witton Lane to stop me safely walking to church this morning" said Flo Grey a lady from the Holte Estates in her 80s, "I want to know who is responsible for this."


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Dear Editor, I was at the X Factor auditions on Sunday. It was a totally cynical exploitation of hopeful, ordinary people.

The total lack of staff to deal with the thousands of people hoping to get heard was exploitative to say the least. We got there at 6am and the thousand people let in first were still being auditioned at 12pm when we left disillusioned and disappointed.

The general reaction was when we asked where all the judges were, if you don't like it, then go: It is now 11.30 pm and I would imagine people if they hadn't got up and gone with fatigue by now would still be there being processed.

By staying there, those that did so I feel, lost all their dignity for a chance of a fast track to fame. The amount of money generated by this show for Mr Cowel and his cohorts should I feel warrant many more staff than were actually there doing the judging. I reckon going on the fact that the ground capacity is 42,573 that there were approximately 6,000 people packing the end terrace when we left at 12pm and still crowding in.

They seemed more concerned with getting their publicity shots than actually auditioning the entrants. Going on this experience I doubt I will even watch the next X Factor programme, next year. It will get nothing but negative words from me when it ever gets mentioned again in the future.


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