Hugh Conboy is the current frontman of the New Shetland Socialists. He was elected leader in 2008 and helped the Socialists to 21 seats in the subsequent elections. In the 2011 elections this was reduced to 15 seats after heavy criticism from prominent party members on his tax increase plans.
Hugh Conboy is cited as a progressive and pragmatic socialist that doesn't reject rigid deviations from the classical socialist dogma. He supports gay marriage, abortion and euthanasia. He is in favor of a large government and reduced army spendings. He is an opponent of tightening the immigration laws and is said to support native activists.