Vodafone also supported the London stock market, adding nine per cent amid reports a deal has been agreed to sell its 45 per cent stake in a US joint venture with Verizon Communications. The telecoms firm added 13.8 points to the index ahead of a deal expected to be worth around £83.5 billion.
Sentiment among investors has been boosted by a delay to any potential military action in Syria, after US president Barack Obama confirmed that he will seek the approval of Congress before launching a strike on the country.
Last week, UK prime minister David Cameron was defeated in a similar parliamentary vote regarding an attack on the Syrian government in response to the suspected use of chemical weapons close to Damascus, which killed around 1,500 people.
As of 11:30 BST, the blue-chip index was 1.54 per cent higher at 6,511.94 points.
Posted by Greg Secker