This was the first major step toward Cromwell

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This was the first major step toward Cromwell's dictatorship, although in the following  weeks he specifically denied that that he wished to establish any sort of autocracy.  Instead, Cromwell insisted that Parliament had not been dissolved by his authority, but  merely suspended until it could behave in a manner more appropriate for the new  republic. In its place, Cromwell designed a new parliament, made up of 144 men of  "approved fidelity and honesty." Cromwell monitored the selection of these men very  closely, making sure that they shared his political and religious ideals. For the most part,  the members of this new parliament were from a lower social status than was usual,  lesser gentry like Cromwell himself. The parliament received the nickname "Barebones  Parliament", after the surname of one of its more colorful members, a London leather  merchant and Puritan named Praise-God Barebones. The Barebones Parliament 
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