The European Union must denounce Government-led murder and repression in Iran - and lead moves to bring the Tehran regime to justice.

That was the message from campaigning MEP Anthea McIntyre in a speech to the European Parliament.

Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, said the EU response so far to events in Iran had been woefully inadequate.

She said: "We cannot ignore or minimise what is going on. The EU and international community must denounce the intentional, lethal use of force by the Revolutionary Guards, police and plain-clothes agents of the Iranian regime."

She noted that 143 deaths had been recorded by Amnesty International, but the toll was thought to be significantly higher. Most had been shot.

"Like Nikka Esfandani," said Miss McIntyre. "She was 14 years old. She was shot in the head. Her family searched for her for three days before they were given her body by officials of the regime.

"There must be no joint commission with Iran while the Iranian regime is perpetrating crimes against humanity.

"We must demand that leaders of the regime face justice for their crimes."