GOVERNOR Chris Patten is facing calls for his resignation, after being accused of exceeding his position as a Crown servant by intervening in party politics. Labour leader Tony Blair accused him of 'doing a favour to his party, providing intellectual cover to a budget strategy whose political imperative requires large tax cuts'. Labour left-winger Denis MacShane went further. 'Chris Patten is a servant of the Crown and no civil servant who intervenes in party ideological debates should be allowed to keep his job. 'If Patten wants to be a player in Tory Party politics, he should resign as Governor of Hong Kong.' The calls followed a speech Mr Patten made to the Conservative Political Centre last week. In it, he spelt out his new found belief in the need for low tax, low government spending and called for Britain to place itself as ''the enterprise centre for Europe'. But on his arrival in Hong Kong yesterday, he said: 'I've given the answer to the same question, I should think a thousand times, that it's my intention, God willing, which is the British Government's intention, God willing, that I should be here as Governor until June 30, 1997 at which point I will depart.' He said he had no intention of fighting for a seat in the next election. Mr Blair said Mr Patten was moving to the right of the party, something he has firmly denied. The Governor suggested he was close to Mr Blair's own policies when addressing a conference of businessmen last week. Mr Blair commented in a weekend speech and similar article for The Sunday Times : 'The policy agenda has been yielded to the right in exchange for an understanding that they support the leadership . . . 'After his spell in Hong Kong, Mr Patten made the case for Britain becoming more like the developing countries of the Pacific Rim. He used this to say we must cut public spending. He espoused the Tory economic vision of a low-wage, low-skill economy, an offshore island of deregulation cut off from the rest of Europe. 'Was it really Mr Patten's experience of Hong Kong that fostered such a change of political and economic philosophy? Or was it that he was doing a favour to his party, providing intellectual cover to a budget strategy whose political imperative requires large tax cuts.' Mr Patten questioned whether Fortune magazine was trying to justify a recent cover story which said Hong Kong was in danger of becoming a global backwater after 1997. 'It's very funny, isn't it, that last year Fortune magazine had us first in the list as the most business friendly economy in the world. Shortly after that, they decided that we were about to drop dead. 'In between times, the World Economic Forum shifted us up one place in the world competitiveness league from fourth to third. 'Also the Heritage Foundation, the distinguished American think-tank which is I believe about to say that we are once again the freest economy in the world. 'Now Fortune magazine has had another piece seeming to justify their front page story. One can't help but wonder what's going on,' he said.