As Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell called two separate parliaments to session, but his relationship with Parliament was often rocky. Cromwell's relationship with the first Parliament he called was particularly bad, and ended in 1655 with Cromwell forcibly disbanding the legislative body. Cromwell was frustrated by Parliament's need for lengthy deliberation, and by the fact that they frequently failed to see eye-to-eye on what reforms were needed. For their part, many members of Parliament resented Cromwell's enormous power, and spent a number of sessions debating the proper role of Parliament in the English government and deliberating the creation of an official constitution. Ironically, much of this debate was due to Cromwell's policy of redistributing Parliamentary seats to better reflect the country's local interests. This redistribution had brought an influx of landed country gentlemen–Cromwell's own social class–into
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