British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced plans to erect a memorial plaque to Constance Markievicz, one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.

Speaking at the Labour Women’s Conference, Corbyn championed the work of Irish revolutionary Countess Markievicz.

Newstalk reports that the Labour leader announced that he has been working with colleagues for a plaque in the new Islington library so "all generations can understand the contribution that Connie Markiewicz and so many others made."

In 1918, Markievicz was the the first woman ever to be elected to the British House of Commons. She was unable to take her seat because she was in Holloway Prison at the time.

Markievicz played a leading role in the Irish Citizen’s Army and was second in command of the rebel forces stationed at St Stephen's Green during the 1916 Easter Rising. She was sentenced to death for her part in the uprising, but because she was a woman, she escaped the firing squad.

As the Minister for Labour in the first Irish government, she would become one of the first women to hold a cabinet position.

In a speech, she once famously advised: "Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels and gold wands in the bank, and buy a revolver."

Markievicz died in 1927 at the age of 59 from complications from appendicitis.

Corby, who has faced criticism over his association with Sinn Fein, recently reiterated his support for a united Ireland.

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