The fact that such a senior figure in the Labour movement is willing to speculate so publicly about whether Mr Corbyn can ever become prime minister is likely to alarm and anger his supporters.
Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn used his first conference speech – a nationally televised event Tuesday – to try to soften his image as a radical left-winger who will dash the party’s electoral hopes by bringing back discredited policies from the past.
Responding to Ms Eagle’s comment, Mr Corbyn told reporters: “We will be having a discussion and a debate about nuclear weapons”.
‘The only other country that has given up nuclear weapons is Ukraine – which is being invaded by the Russians’.
Recently, over a dozen members of his shadow cabinet were said to be ready to quit if the party leader forces them to back him on the nuclear issue. I am opposed to the use of nuclear weapons, I am opposed to the holding of nuclear weapons.
In a statement, IPSE director of policy Simon McVicker said: “It’s good to see Labour talking more about supporting the self-employed, but they need to be careful not to cast everyone in this group as vulnerable”.
But, he added: “If I can’t, we’ll live with it somehow”.
Throughout the speech, women were much more likely to agree with the Labour leader – and Mr Corbyn was particularly popular with people under the age of 34.
“But the party in Scotland is a very strong organisation, it obviously lays out the manifesto for the Holyrood elections, it obviously lays out what they think of Scottish members in the Holyrood Parliament”.
“There are people in the party who have different views, but what we are all united on is that Isil’s behaviour, its actions and its brutality are totally appalling”, he said.
The veteran left-winger stuck to his guns on the renewal of Trident, declaring he did not believe that spending £100 billion on a new generation of nuclear weapons was “the right way forward”.
He also said he would not be imposing “leadership lines” on the party, although on issues such as Trident there is already a clear division in the shadow Cabinet.
Mr Corbyn told the Labour conference “the answer to this tragic and terrible conflict can not be found in dropping a few more bombs”.
And arguably that’s what won him the Labour leadership election.
The presenter went “full Alan Partridge” by using tortuous football analogies (“Every young lad has a dream of playing in the cup final – was yesterday your FA Cup Final?”) and asked inane questions during the exchange.
Now Corbyn has ignited more controversy by speaking out on the future of the UK’s nuclear weapons program.
There are of course others like John McDonnel, the shadow chancellor, who praise his honesty, but one thing is sure, Jeremy Corbyn has his work cut out.