Handover leader Tung Chee-hwa, who is aiming to ban overseas donations to local political groups, admitted yesterday he had made a 'modest' contribution to the Conservative Party. 'This is a fact well-known to everybody and, as a result, I am particularly sensitive that this should not happen in Hong Kong,' he said of the GBP50,000 (HK$627,000) he gave the Tories before the 1992 general election. His admission provoked a storm of protest from local democrats, who condemned Mr Tung for seeking to amend the Societies Ordinance to stop local political groups accepting overseas donations when he had given cash in the past. Mr Tung has argued that such a move would prevent outside influence on local politicians and his proposed law changes do not cover donations from Hong Kong residents to parties overseas. But Cheung Man-kwong, of the Democratic Party, criticised the ban on donations by people other than citizens of the People's Republic of China as unreasonable. 'It is ridiculous that he is now banning people from doing what he himself has done before,' he said. Frontier legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing accused Mr Tung of hypocrisy. 'It looks very much like a case of 'do as I say, not as I do'. He does it and now he wants to ban other people from doing it,' she said. Both Mr Cheung and Ms Lau accused the Chief Executive-designate of 'double standards'. Mr Tung's special assistant, Stanley Shen, said the donation had been made in a personal capacity while he was still a businessman. 'It is fair to assume that businessmen meet politicians in social situations and are invited to make donations,' he said. 'Mr Tung also once made a donation of US$25,000 (HK$193,500) to the Shanghai Ballet while in the United States. 'A man in his position would be easily put into such a situation by others.' He said the amount contributed by Mr Tung was small, but refused to say why the new law would not allow limited donations. Mr Shen said the current proposal was targeted at groups that received assistance with an intent of controlling the activities of local political organisations. A spokesman for Governor Chris Patten, who was Conservative Party chairman at the time of the 1992 election, said: 'It is for Mr Tung to explain why the standards he says he himself so recently applied to other countries should not now be acceptable in Hong Kong. 'In particular, people want to know how political parties and so-called foreign links are to be defined. 'Would this mean that in future political leaders such as Martin Lee could not meet President Clinton?'