A loyalist bullets smuggler smiles while posing for a photograph flanked by DUP leader Arlene Foster and Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart.
The convicted terrorist standing between two of the most powerful politicians in Northern Ireland is Alexander 'Lexi' Davidson, who denies claims that he wants to join the party despite signing the nomination papers of two councillors.
DUP sources told Sunday Life that the 48-year-old has his eye on a future council seat in Lurgan, where he lives and where he failed to get elected as a PUP candidate in 2014.
Despite his background as an LVF cheerleader, Davidson is close to senior UVF figures in the Co Armagh town - individuals who are sworn enemies of the loyalist gang with which he used to associate.
DUP insiders expressed concerns that the former jailbird is being used by "sinister figures" who are encouraging his attempted move into the party - something he rejects.
"I've no intention of joining the DUP," Scotland-born Davidson told Sunday Life. "In fact, I'm quite hurt that someone would drag up my past and try to cause me hurt."
Asked about his links to the party, his signing of nomination papers and several photographs taken with Arlene Foster and Carla Lockhart, he added: "I do a lot of work within the community. I'm surprised that this is all coming out now."
Davidson's denials came after a senior party source said: "He fancies himself as a DUP councillor, something which a lot of people in the party locally do not want to see happen.
"Davidson has been pictured on quite a few occasions with Arlene and Carla.
"The feeling is he is manoeuvring himself to become a party member."
The party declined to comment on our story but sources said that Davison had been a member of the DUP but his membership had lapsed.
The Lurgan loyalist served a two-year prison sentence for trying to smuggle bullets from Scotland into Northern Ireland in 1995.
He was arrested by police getting off the ferry in Larne and immediately named his five co-accused, who included PUP peace talks negotiator Lindsay Robb, who later became an LVF godfather.
The gang were sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison but freed early under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which they paradoxically opposed and attacked rivals for supporting.
Davidson identified Robb, who was stabbed to death in Glasgow in 2005, as having given him the bullets in a pub in the city.
After getting out of jail, he forged ties with UVF figures in Lurgan, some of whom were extremely close to Richard Jameson - the gang's former leader in Mid-Ulster, who was murdered by the LVF.
The convicted arms smuggler also joined community groups in Lurgan's Avenue Road estate and is the current secretary of the Ancre Somme Association.
It was because of his work with these organisations that he was selected as a PUP candidate in the local government elections in 2014.
However, Davidson failed to make it onto Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough council.
DUP sources now accuse him of seeing the party as the perfect vehicle for fulfilling his political dreams.
One said: "He is deeply mistrusted. How else could you view someone who was so close to Lindsay Robb but ended up joining the PUP after his release from prison?
"The DUP has had enough problems in Upper Bann after all that carry-on with David Simpson's (former DUP MP for the area) affair with Louise Templeton (ex-DUP councillor).
"We're only starting to get over that without having convicted terrorists like Lexi Davidson joining the party on the promise of a council seat."
If Davidson were to rejoin the DUP again, he would not be the first ex-loyalist prisoner to make that journey. Others, such as Belfast councillor Tommy Sandford, a former UVF inmate, have forged successful careers in the party.
Convicted gunrunner Noel Little, the father of ex-South Belfast MP and now DUP special advisor Emma Little-Pengelly, has also campaigned on the DUP's behalf.